Definition of transportation in English:



  • 1The action of transporting someone or something or the process of being transported:

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A prisoner's condition and life signs should be monitored before, during and after transportation.’
    • ‘This agitation ended an unpopular attempt by the British government to renew convict transportation.’
    • ‘One of the prisoners taken on board that day was John Bentcliffe, who had been imprisoned at Portland awaiting transportation.’
    banishment, expulsion, expatriation, deportation, eviction
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