meaning - What does the word "shipping" mean?

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2014-04
  • oneat

    What does word "shipping" mean? I've seen this word in many Internet shops.

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  • JSBձոգչ

    There's two possible meaning in the context of an internet "shop":

    1. "Delivery" -- shipping is the cost that you have to pay in order to have the item sent to you via the postal service.

    2. "Completion" -- if you're developing software, then completing a version of the software and releasing it to customers is often referred to as "shipping". This is a reference to sense #1, going back to the day when a new software version had to be physically delivered to customers on disks.

  • SLaks

    In fan-fiction, shipping is also used as a verb form of the word "relationship".

    name-shipping means to put name in a relationship with a different character.
    (This is used for relationships that do not exist in the original work)

  • Orbling

    The usual use of the word shipping on internet stores is for anything to do with packaging, dispatch and transport to your location.

    Wikipedia has an article on it.

    If it appears as a cost, on an invoice or bill, then it is the cost to package and deliver the goods.

    If it is the name of a section, or used generally, then it can refer to any aspect of the process of getting the goods to the consumer.

    The word obviously derives from the process of using a ship to transport goods, the present participle of the verb ship, in its meaning "to convey goods by water borne transport (a ship)".


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  • Molfar

    Please explain to me (non-native speaker) what the word "cinemaddict" means. What synonyms does it have?


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  • FordBuchanan

    "Film buff" is fairly common term for a person who is a fan of cinema. A few years ago there was a documentary Cinemania, but I've never heard the terms cinemaddict or cinemanic.

  • JohnFx

    It sounds like a portmanteau word created from "cinema" and "addict", but I've never heard it used before.

  • Mark Embling

    "Cinemaddict" sounds like it is a kind of pun made from "cinematic" and "addict".

  • stacker

    Someone who is addicted to cinemas (or movies)