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shipping (n.)

c. 1300, "a ship," from ship (n.). Meaning "act of sending (freight) by a ship, etc." is from late 15c. As "ships generally or collectively" from 1590s.

updated on September 22, 2013

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Definitions of shipping from WordNet

shipping (n.)
the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials;
shipping (n.)
conveyance provided by the ships belonging to one country or industry;
Synonyms: cargo ships / merchant marine / merchant vessels
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