bill of lading

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bill of lading (plural bills of lading)

  1. (shipping) A document issued by a carrier (e.g. master of a ship or the ship owner's agent) to a shipper listing a ship's cargo, acknowledging receipt of said cargo, and specifying terms for its delivery.
    • 1908, Morley Roberts, “The Captain of the Ullswater”, in The Blue Peter:
      But all the while Captain Amos Brown was telling whackers that would have done credit to Baron Munchausen, he was really thinking of how he was to save those whose passage to a port not named in any bills of lading looked almost certain.