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From Middle English shipfull, schyp fful, ssipvol, equivalent to ship +‎ -ful.


shipful (plural shipfuls or shipsful)

  1. As much as a ship will hold.
    • 2007 January 19, Holland Cotter, “Treasure Hunt for Grown-Ups With Money”, in New York Times[1]:
      And in Elinor Gordon’s booth you’ll find a shipful of China Trade porcelains, of a kind that gave the West an image of China that the Chinese thought the West wanted to see.