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  1. a full load for a ship
  2. the cargo or load carried by a ship.
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Origin of shipload

First recorded in 1630–40; ship1 + load
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Related Words for shipload

load, goods, freight, consignment, shipment, payload, merchandise, lading, haul, contents, burden, ware, tonnage, shipload

Examples from the Web for shipload

Historical Examples of shipload

  • I sailed this summer from Iceland with forty men and a shipload of goods.

    Viking Tales

    Jennie Hall

  • A shipload can be bought of the natives for three cents apiece.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast

    Rounsevelle Wildman

  • The only novelty was that it was the first shipload of Africans brought to English-America.

  • Bristol doth every year send away a shipload at least of such.

  • A shipload of good wives were the best cargo England could send us.

British Dictionary definitions for shipload


  1. the quantity carried by a ship
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