Meaning of “shipping” in the English Dictionary

"shipping" in English

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shippingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈʃɪp.ɪŋ/ us /ˈʃɪp.ɪŋ/

ships considered as a group:

This stretch of water is heavily used by shipping.

the act of sending goods from one place to another, especially by ship:

The cost is $205 plus $3 for shipping.
The fruit is picked and artificially ripened before shipping.

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(Definition of “shipping” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shipping" in American English

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shippingnoun [ U ]

us /ˈʃɪp·ɪŋ/

ships as a group, or the business of transporting things:

Shipping along the St. Lawrence River takes goods from the Atlantic Ocean to the heart of Canada.

Shipping or shipping and handling is the cost of sending something:

You’ll be billed $15.95 plus shipping.

(Definition of “shipping” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"shipping" in Business English

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shippingnoun [ U ]

/ˈʃɪpɪŋ/ uk us COMMERCE, TRANSPORT

the process or business of sending or transporting goods:

There is a lot of competition in the shipping business these days.
He runs a big shipping company.
How much do we pay for shipping?
There's been a big increase in online shipping.

ships in general:

The storms were a danger to all shipping along that coast.
The canal was closed to merchant shipping.
All shipping routes were closed.

(Definition of “shipping” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)