- the carrying and turning over of letters, goods, etc., to a designated recipient or recipients.
- a giving up or handing over; surrender.
- the utterance or enunciation of words.
- vocal and bodily behavior during the presentation of a speech: a speaker's fine delivery.
- the act or manner of giving or sending forth: the pitcher's fine delivery of the ball.
- the state of being delivered of or giving birth to a child; parturition.
- something delivered: The delivery is late today.
- Commerce. a shipment of goods from the seller to the buyer.
- Law. a formal act performed to make a transfer of property legally effective: a delivery of deed.
- Printing. Also called delivery end. the part of a printing press where the paper emerges in printed form.
- Archaic. release or rescue; liberation; deliverance.
Origin of delivery
Related Wordstransmission, distribution, consignment, shipment, birth, release, drop, commitment, dispatch, conveyance, rendition, post, surrender, portage, mailing, enunciation, diction, modulation, inflection
Examples from the Web for deliveries
The ground explodes and for us, the last troops left to finish out the war, we dodge the deliveries but understand the message.Dodging Rockets in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s Fighting Season Begins
May 14, 2014
A tiny fraction of $83 billion in liquor store revenue comes from deliveries.Drizly Wants to Become “The Amazon.com for Alcohol"
January 22, 2014
We began to plan our first deliveries of medicine, water and first aid supplies.How First Responders Respond
May 25, 2013
The closure of the bridges meant the deliveries would have trouble reaching their destination.New Yorkers Hold on to Their Canned Goods in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy
October 31, 2012
The deliveries depicted within Call the Midwife are bloody, breathtaking, and at times elegiac.‘Call the Midwife’: Miranda Hart’s Chummy Browne Steals the Show
October 8, 2012
Such contracts for future deliveries are not only common but customary.The Fabric of Civilization
Would his chum make the deliveries if he gave him a list of the customers?A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
These deliveries were soon made and Cousin Charley had money to distribute.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
It is not unusual to pass Indian and American cotton through three deliveries.Textiles
William H. Dooley
These demands were all fulfilled as soon as the uncertainty of deliveries permitted.The War in the Air; Vol. 1
- the act of delivering or distributing goods, mail, etc
- something that is delivered
- (as modifier)a delivery service
- the act of giving birth to a childshe had an easy delivery
- manner or style of utterance, esp in public speaking or recitationthe chairman had a clear delivery
- the act of giving or transferring or the state of being given or transferred
- the act of rescuing or state of being rescued; liberation
- the act or manner of bowling or throwing a ball
- the ball so delivereda fast delivery
- an actual or symbolic handing over of property, a deed, etc
- the discharge rate of a compressor or pump
- (in South Africa) the supply of basic services to communities deprived under apartheid
Word Origin and History for deliveries
early 15c., "action of handing over to another," from Anglo-French delivrée, noun use of fem. past participle of Old French délivrer (see deliver). Childbirth sense is attested from 1570s. Of speech, from 1580s. Of a blow, throw of a ball, etc., from 1702.
- The expulsion or extraction of a child and the fetal membranes through the birth canal into the external world.