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stevedore

[stee-vi-dawr, -dohr] /ˈsti vɪˌdɔr, -ˌdoʊr/
noun
1.
a firm or individual engaged in the loading or unloading of a vessel.
verb (used with object), stevedored, stevedoring.
2.
to load or unload the cargo of (a ship).
verb (used without object), stevedored, stevedoring.
3.
to load or unload a vessel.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90, Americanism; < Spanish estibador, equivalent to estib(ar) to pack, stow (see steeve1) + -ador -ator
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stevedore

/ˈstiːvɪˌdɔː/
noun
1.
a person employed to load or unload ships
verb
2.
to load or unload (a ship, ship's cargo, etc)
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish estibador a packer, from estibar to load (a ship), from Latin stīpāre to pack full
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Word Origin and History for stevedoring
stevedore
1788, from Sp. estibador "one who loads cargo," agent noun from estibar "to stow cargo," from L. stipare "pack down, press" (see stiff).
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