Definition of transportation in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of transporting someone or something or the process of being transported.

    ‘the era of global mass transportation’
    • ‘There are transportation costs, company profits - all that sort of thing.’
    • ‘For bulk goods these conditions led to high transportation costs and long delays in delivery.’
    • ‘He would like to find ways to reduce transportation costs and the labor dedicated to making sales.’
    • ‘As the overruns were probably stolen, there would be the crime of interstate transportation of stolen goods.’
    • ‘Now we already have cargo transportation to China from Kaohsiung via Xiamen.’
    • ‘He suspects this is due to the interstate transportation of game farm animals.’
    • ‘Today, the transportation of goods often involves greater distances and requires careful coordination.’
    • ‘However, the mass transportation of livestock around the country will clearly have to be looked at.’
    • ‘The price of oil affects transportation costs, which in turn affect the price of food.’
    • ‘I was appointed to a committee by the Transportation Research Board to examine freight transportation needs for the 21st century.’
    • ‘Could changes in fuel and transportation costs have an impact on your business?’
    • ‘The global transportation of building materials and other related resources carries other impacts.’
    • ‘Using locally available material minimises transportation costs and helps the local economy.’
    • ‘If this scheme is carried out, it could help reduce transportation costs.’
    • ‘Was there actual evidence from your client that the tobacco leaf was cut in order to enable it to fit into bags for easy transportation?’
    • ‘Governments and people on both sides have wished for direct cross-strait transportation for many years.’
    • ‘Continuous position determination is an absolute must for monitoring storage and transportation of dangerous goods.’
    • ‘Right now, only the United States has the global and transportation resources to manage such a force.’
    • ‘But the handicapped person faces extra medical and transportation costs.’
    • ‘The low-grade ore was segregated on the dump, awaiting the arrival of cheap rail transportation to the district.’
    conveyance, transfer, transference, transmission, movement
    transit, conveyance, traffic, carriage, freight, freightage, shipment, shipping, haulage, delivery, distribution, carrying
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    1. 1.1North American A system or means of transporting people or goods.
      ‘transportation on the site includes a monorail’
      • ‘Low-cost public transportation is provided by postal buses.’
      • ‘People are also still choosing to use sea transportation rather than traveling by land to avoid danger.’
      • ‘What other fun is there in connection with today's air transportation system?’
      • ‘So we're well protected in the air transportation system of the United States.’
      • ‘In Britain, rural public transportation is often provided with postal vans offering seating for regular passengers.’
      • ‘A few cultures, most notably China, also built canals to extend the river transportation network.’
      • ‘The national health and transportation service networks have collapsed.’
      • ‘The attacks have put everything from transportation systems to personal information at risk.’
      • ‘The businesses that exist to service these launching needs form an international space transportation industry.’
      • ‘Consider walking, riding a bike, or using mass transportation.’
      • ‘Bus transportation companies are preparing to increase their prices by five per cent.’
      • ‘More now on the massive nearly $300 billion transportation bill just passed by Congress.’
      • ‘Cutting carbon emissions also means restructuring our transportation systems.’
      • ‘Most also had significant complaints about the lack of support for sustainable transportation in their cities.’
      • ‘The result would be a degraded air transportation system that would put a huge dent in economic prosperity.’
      • ‘We should build a new generation of less expensive and safer space transportation to replace the Shuttle.’
      • ‘The transportation system was running perfectly underneath the Canadian soil.’
      • ‘No public transportation is available that could take her all the way to work.’
      • ‘Most ports are well linked to local and intercity rail transportation.’
      • ‘Officials say the duo were seen photographing transportation systems, such as subways and buses.’
  • 2historical The action or practice of transporting convicts to a penal colony.

    • ‘A prisoner's condition and life signs should be monitored before, during and after transportation.’
    • ‘One of the prisoners taken on board that day was John Bentcliffe, who had been imprisoned at Portland awaiting transportation.’
    • ‘This agitation ended an unpopular attempt by the British government to renew convict transportation.’
    • ‘For a long time in Australia, probably the main industry was the transportation of convicts from the United Kingdom.’
    • ‘One area where she made important changes was in the treatment of prisoners sentenced to transportation to the colonies.’
    banishment, expulsion, expatriation, deportation, eviction
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