Definition of freighter in English:



  • 1A large ship or aircraft designed to carry goods in bulk.

    • ‘The church is not that old, but hanging from the ceiling at various intervals are long wires strung with model boats - sailing ships, little freighters and fishing vessels - and one seaplane model.’
    • ‘Every year, for example, oil tankers, freighters and cruise ships dump millions of litres of oil through routine exchanges of bilge water and other ship activities.’
    • ‘After retirement from mainline service, numerous aircraft were converted to freighters, some went to travel clubs and many went to second-tier operators.’
    • ‘Yachts, aircraft, tugs, freighters and sections of oil rigs make up what is probably the most extensive artificial reef system in the world.’
    • ‘It would make a nice freighter if any aircraft company was brave enough to finance development of a pure cargo aircraft.’
    • ‘Its huge harbour is visited by cruise ships and freighters, and its dry-dock facilities are famous.’
    • ‘Oceangoing freighters carrying ballast water from other parts of the world are thought to be responsible for introducing hundreds of non-native animals and plants into U.S. waters.’
    • ‘At the same time, the number of cruise ships and freighters visiting the island has declined.’
    • ‘A day after that she's hoisted aboard a freighter and shipped back to France, where the Ollier yard will rebuild her.’
    • ‘This will allow freighters to drop parts of their cargo when they are destroyed, just like other ships.’
    • ‘These shipping routes are filled with the tankers, freighters and tugs that carry nearly a quarter of the world's trade destined for Japan and China.’
    • ‘Not only was little attention paid to the production of essential ships such as tankers and ocean freighters, but little attempt was made to stimulate the overall growth of the economy.’
    • ‘In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons.’
    • ‘The USS Liberty was built as a freighter by the Federal Ship Building Company of Kearny, New Jersey in 1918.’
    • ‘At that time nearly all freight was carried by sailing vessels but the small freighter had begun to make an appearance.’
    • ‘While tankers, freighters, and cruise ships also use this end of the bay, it is container ships that make it the nation's second-busiest port and (in my opinion) a good place to steer clear of.’
    • ‘The authorities are worried that the freighter could break up and leak huge amounts of oil and diesel into the ocean.’
    • ‘What you see before you are thousands of kilograms of high-grade cocaine that the laboratory had manufactured and shipped by specially equipped freighters into this country.’
    • ‘Luckily no one was harmed, which is more than can be said about the freighter - it landed ashore where it eventually split in half.’
    • ‘Blue Dart's new Boeing 757-200 freighters are a derivative of the twin-engine passenger jetliner.’
    1. 1.1 A person who loads, receives, or forwards goods for transport.