Definition of shipping in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Ships considered collectively, especially those in a particular area or belonging to a particular country.

    ‘the volume of shipping using these ports’
    • ‘Terrific storms, heavy seas, and frightful squalls make the waters in this area hazardous for conventional shipping.’
    • ‘The updated charts, once produced, will benefit both military and commercial shipping, enabling them to navigate safely through the shallow seaways.’
    • ‘There was something as massive and significant as the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway which re-directed much shipping away from Eastern ports.’
    • ‘The Germans could use the base to attack British shipping in the area and disrupt the British use of the Suez.’
    • ‘In the 18th century our shipping and ports made us the greatest trading nation in the world.’
    • ‘Besides, if Somalia was key to securing shipping through the area, why did we leave after the Black Hawk Down disaster?’
    • ‘Only when ports cannot be cut off does attacking shipping at sea become necessary.’
    • ‘Malin Head Radio broadcast a Mayday relay to all shipping.’
    • ‘Deliberate moves should be made to upgrade the Point Lisas port, leaving a minimal about of shipping at Port of Spain.’
    • ‘The good news is that the world's busiest shipping lanes should see to a fair number of them.’
    • ‘Other shipping in the area, for example, took advantage of the chaos to wash out their own fuel tanks with sea water.’
    • ‘It is in full view of most of the town of Dover, and has uninterrupted views of shipping in the Straits of Dover.’
    • ‘The Athenian war fleet was reduced to twelve ships - barely enough to protect her shipping.’
    • ‘The bill establishes a maritime security framework that is vital to the security of our ports and maritime shipping.’
    • ‘Over 250 were built there and deployed to protect allied shipping in the Battle of the Atlantic.’
    • ‘The warship has now returned to Portsmouth after months with one of NATO's permanent task groups, checking shipping for any signs of terrorist activities or support for terrorist groups.’
    • ‘Shetland Coastguard and Orkney Harbours are broadcasting warnings to all shipping in the area.’
    • ‘And he revealed the crew was already finding out what shipping was in the area in case they needed rescuing.’
    • ‘The French government then required Portugal to close her ports to British shipping and to declare war on Great Britain.’
    • ‘Moreover German trade, a major reason for interest in the area, provided shipping for the conquest.’
    1. 1.1The transport of goods by sea or some other means.
      ‘the shipping of his works abroad’
      ‘wine shipping’
      [as modifier] ‘a shipping company’
      • ‘High-profile brand offerings combined with quick shipping of the actual samples makes this site one to watch.’
      • ‘After all the winery's profits are exponentially greater with direct shipping.’
      • ‘The shipping industry in India is internationally competitive and is capable of further growth.’
      • ‘The worst drought across the Midwest in 17 years is now threatening commercial shipping.’
      • ‘Even including the cost of shipping, you can save money.’
      • ‘Lack of security for low-flying aircraft complicates shipping and transportation too.’
      • ‘Coastal shipping was also important for many decades after European settlement, along with river transport.’
      • ‘Japan will also shoulder costs for any shipping in Japan, bringing the total of Japan's assistance to about 120 billion yen, the official said.’
      • ‘The review's key proposal was special tax arrangements for New Zealand coastal shipping.’
      • ‘Direct shipping from western ports would avoid possible contamination and cut transport charges.’
      • ‘Tellingly, commercial shipping appears not to receive the same degree of attention or scrutiny.’
      • ‘The upswing in the shipping industry is encouraging more carriers to list in Hong Kong.’
      • ‘Direct shipping could reduce costs by as much as 50%, and direct air routes by two-thirds, says Chang.’
      • ‘In 1940, the U-boats started to take a real toll against merchant shipping.’
      • ‘Transportation and shipping have slowed to ensure no further spread of the snake.’
      • ‘Merchant marine Britain's dependence on merchant shipping was an economic fact which total war heavily underlined.’
      • ‘Since then, the company has diversified its interests, which include shipping and property.’
      • ‘Still, to deter underage drinking, the states that allow direct shipping require an adult signature upon delivery.’
      • ‘They are expected to cite the fear that shipping wine from California to a consumer's doorstep will boost underage drinking.’