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[ship-muh nt] /ˈʃɪp mənt/
an act or instance of shipping freight or cargo.
a quantity of freight or cargo shipped at one time.
something that is shipped.
Origin of shipment
1790-1800; ship1 + -ment
Related forms
misshipment, noun
overshipment, noun
preshipment, noun
supershipment, noun
3. consignment. See freight. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shipment
  • Sometimes the wagons are sent for provisions, and the beef-steers are at stated times driven off for shipment.
  • In fact the amount that could be stored was exactly what could be sent in one shipment.
  • Both fruits are generally sprayed with pesticides to prevent insect infestation and usually washed before shipment.
  • Helium is used to maintain pressure in the fuel tanks when the vehicles are prepared for overseas air or sea shipment.
  • The corn kernels will then be further dried in a special drying bin before being stored for shipment to the grain buyers.
  • Years ago, a shipment of rubber ducks was lost at sea.
  • When the shipment finally arrived, no one was buying.
  • One day four years ago, a new shipment arrived-a box full of fish, each in a plastic baggie of water.
  • shipment was delayed for six months while the cores were repaired.
  • No one has ever died, been harmed, or had to be evacuated due to a radioactive material shipment.
British Dictionary definitions for shipment


  1. goods shipped together as part of the same lot: a shipment of grain
  2. (as modifier): a shipment schedule
the act of shipping cargo
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Word Origin and History for shipment

1802, "act of shipping;" 1861, "that which is shipped;" see ship (v.) + -ment.

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