Definition of shipload in US English:



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

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