container ship

or con·tain·er·ship

[ kuhn-tey-ner ship ]

  1. 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.

Origin of container ship

First recorded in 1955–60

Words Nearby container ship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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