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shipping Line breaks: ship|ping
Pronunciation: /ˈʃɪpɪŋ/

Definition of shipping in English:


[mass noun]
1Ships considered collectively, especially those in a particular area or belonging to a particular country: the volume of shipping using these ports
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  • There was something as massive and significant as the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway which re-directed much shipping away from Eastern ports.
  • Shetland Coastguard and Orkney Harbours are broadcasting warnings to all shipping in the area.
  • Besides, if Somalia was key to securing shipping through the area, why did we leave after the Black Hawk Down disaster?
1.1The transport of goods by sea or some other means: the shipping of his works abroad wine shipping [as modifier]: a shipping company
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  • Still, to deter underage drinking, the states that allow direct shipping require an adult signature upon delivery.
  • Lack of security for low-flying aircraft complicates shipping and transportation too.
  • Transportation and shipping have slowed to ensure no further spread of the snake.

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