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freighter

[frey-ter] /ˈfreɪ tər/
noun
1.
a vessel used mainly for carrying cargo.
2.
a large aircraft or spacecraft used primarily for transporting cargo and equipment:
The space station of the future will be supplied by robot freighters.
3.
a person whose occupation it is to receive and forward freight.
4.
a person for whom freight is transported; shipper.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; freight + -er1
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  • With that and a prayer, the skipper was able to steer the freighter to safety.
  • At the same time he swung to port in a tight arc and came back across the freighter's bow.
  • Recalling the splendid isolation of travel by freighter.
  • freighter-loads of them are dumped in huge slicks out at sea, internally strangling dolphins and sea turtles that ingest them.
  • The crew took to boats, were picked up by a freighter without loss of life.
  • One way to slow the pace and dispense with the dinner jackets is to hop a freighter and ride across the pond with the cargo.
  • Those looking to cross an ocean have not only full-service cruise lines as an option, but freighter ships as well.
British Dictionary definitions for freighter

freighter

/ˈfreɪtə/
noun
1.
a ship or aircraft designed for transporting cargo
2.
a person concerned with the loading or chartering of a ship
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Word Origin and History for freighter
n.

1620s, "one who loads," agent noun from freight (v.). Meaning "a cargo vessel" is from 1839, American English.

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