container ship

or con·tain·er·ship

[ kuhn-tey-ner ship ]
/ kənˈteɪ nər ˌʃɪp /

noun Transportation.

a large ship that transports its cargo in truck-size containers that can be transferred from ship to train to truck without unloading and reloading the contents: Container ships may be a common sight today, but the arrival of the first American ones in European ports made headlines in the shipping journals of the time.

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Origin of container ship

First recorded in 1955–60
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