Definition of shipload in English:



  • As much cargo or as many people as a ship can carry.

    ‘a shipload of food and medical aid was sent’
    figurative ‘British punk bands were emerging by the shipload’
    • ‘When shiploads of contraband disembarked at Mississippi River towns, they were often outnumbered by the employers who anxiously awaited them.’
    • ‘In 1507, a year after seizing power, Afonso sent to Portugal a shipload of copper and ivory.’
    • ‘The immigrants worked as free people until 1629 when a Portuguese vessel arrived with the first shipload of blacks captured off the west coast of Africa.’
    • ‘A shipload of guns was sent to Yemen and operatives dispatched to help tribesmen fight US troops in Somalia.’
    • ‘In Norfolk, Virginia, a whole shipload of watching sailors let out a gang-whoop of recognition.’
    • ‘Some others were so enthusiastic about sending a shipload of rice to Cuba that they seemed to forget about the famine deaths that were being reported from different parts of India.’
    • ‘The government even refused entry to a shipload of desperate Jews, who instead sailed back to Europe on a voyage of the damned.’
    • ‘They gave him a bank cheque drawn on the Standard Bank of Africa for $25 million to supply ten shiploads of rice.’
    • ‘However, now that Caribbean planters were no longer able to replace slaves worked to death by buying shiploads of new ones, they eased working conditions and improved the slaves' diet.’
    • ‘Beginning in 1882 he brought them by the shipload from Hong Kong, ten shiploads in fact, for a total of about six thousand.’
    • ‘However, the Russian fur trade in this area was threatened by Yankee traders, who not only collected furs, but brought shiploads of rum and guns for the local Indians.’
    • ‘While sippers and connoisseurs of every stripe debate whether Australia is the new California or Michigan, shiploads of the stuff is selling, especially in the States.’
    • ‘A shipload of tourists watched from the armchair comfort of a cruise ship at anchor off Russia's Antarctic base of Mirny.’
    • ‘Two shiploads of cranes were exported from the port to Barcelona in January.’
    • ‘A ship called the Jolly George was awaiting a shipload of arms destined for Polish troops in London's East End docks in May.’
    • ‘The rulers of the British Empire fell for the sweet talk and sent the first shipload of British convicts to the Cape.’
    • ‘One shipload is equivalent to 40 to 50 lorry loads.’
    • ‘The Jakarta Police confiscated a shipload of undocumented logs that arrived here from Central Kalimantan, an officer revealed on Friday.’
    • ‘Marble was delivered there by the shipload, cut, and redistributed.’
    • ‘They lived and worked as ‘free persons’ even when a Portuguese vessel arrived with the first shipload of blacks enslaved in 1629.’
    cargo, freight, freightage, charge, burden
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