Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The amount a ship can carry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The amount (of cargo) that a ship can carry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The load, or cargo, of a ship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cargo; as much in quantity or weight as can be stowed in a ship.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the amount of cargo that can be held by a boat or ship or a freight car

Etymologies

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ship + load

Examples

  • They point out that the wholesale price of chicken dropped 5 percent when the first shipload from the U.S. cleared customs on Oct. 1.

    In poultry war, Russia has a leg up on U.S.

  • He was referring to the medical staff aboard and, as they constituted only a round dozen, they could hardly have been called a shipload: he was also conveniently overlooking the fact that every member of the crew, from himself downwards, was also, technically, a civilian.

    San Andreas

  • Each man thinks the shipload is the rottenest gang ever thrown together.

    Golden Lads

  • We are exporting dollars by the shipload, which is one huge drag.

  • The real impetus of the Highland emigration to North Carolina was the arrival, in 1739, of a "shipload," under the guidance of Neil McNeill, of Kintyre, Scotland, who settled also on the Cape Fear, amongst those who had preceded him.

    An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America

  • Cities along the Great Lakes used to rule the American economy, manufacturing steel by the shipload.

    Refugees Revitalize Buffalo

  • The economics of bringing over a shipload of individual titles and re-printing them made sense; though the typefaces and bits of presses were usually imported, the raw materials for paper, binding and ink were readily available.

    Matthew Yglesias » Copyright and Author Starvation

  • Particularly in societies where women are little more than property, sexual favors tend to be for sale or trade – bad news when you are a Neolithic clan in Polynesia or a paleolithic tribe in Australia and a shipload of European sailors arrive bearing metal tools, trinkets, and several strains of syphilis.

    Matthew Yglesias » Iceland Bans Strip Clubs

  • A shipload of refugee rubes and their companion swine well taken care of …

    2009 July « Official Harry Harrison News Blog

  • Their treasures are a lesser version (if perhaps with more emphasis on sex) of the kinds of things that earlier American collectors — Frick, Getty, Hearst, Huntington and Mellon — once imported by the shipload.

    Nice Wing, Pity About the Art

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