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’
    • ‘The Jakarta Police confiscated a shipload of undocumented logs that arrived here from Central Kalimantan, an officer revealed on Friday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Marble was delivered there by the shipload, cut, and redistributed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two shiploads of cranes were exported from the port to Barcelona in January.’
    • ‘They gave him a bank cheque drawn on the Standard Bank of Africa for $25 million to supply ten shiploads of rice.’
    • ‘A shipload of guns was sent to Yemen and operatives dispatched to help tribesmen fight US troops in Somalia.’
    • ‘When shiploads of contraband disembarked at Mississippi River towns, they were often outnumbered by the employers who anxiously awaited them.’
    • ‘Beginning in 1882 he brought them by the shipload from Hong Kong, ten shiploads in fact, for a total of about six thousand.’
    • ‘A shipload of tourists watched from the armchair comfort of a cruise ship at anchor off Russia's Antarctic base of Mirny.’
    • ‘The rulers of the British Empire fell for the sweet talk and sent the first shipload of British convicts to the Cape.’
    • ‘A ship called the Jolly George was awaiting a shipload of arms destined for Polish troops in London's East End docks in May.’
    • ‘One shipload is equivalent to 40 to 50 lorry loads.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They lived and worked as ‘free persons’ even when a Portuguese vessel arrived with the first shipload of blacks enslaved in 1629.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Norfolk, Virginia, a whole shipload of watching sailors let out a gang-whoop of recognition.’
    • ‘The government even refused entry to a shipload of desperate Jews, who instead sailed back to Europe on a voyage of the damned.’
    • ‘In 1507, a year after seizing power, Afonso sent to Portugal a shipload of copper and ivory.’
    • ‘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.’
    cargo, freight, freightage, charge, burden
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