Are these definitions correct?

Delivered: The package has arrived at your place.
Shipped: The package was just sent.

Which word can be used to describe that the package is on its way? Can I use the word transmit? Or is transmit only used for signals and diseases?

One other related question: What's the difference between package and shipment in an internet business? Is a shipment bigger than a package?

  • related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/89658/…
    – J.R.
    Nov 7, 2012 at 9:32
  • they're totally the different questions
    – Samuel
    Nov 7, 2012 at 9:36
  • Samuel: I took the liberty to fix up your question. If English isn't your first language, then some mistakes might be inevitable. However, you should be able to follow some basic punctatuation and capitalization rules when posting here. As for my earlier comment, I said it was related, not a duplicate. I realize they are not the same, but the question I pointed to is not entirely unrelated to what you asked about (i.e., the difference between a shipment and a package), in that those words (esp. package) can sometimes be used to describe either the contents or the container.
    – J.R.
    Nov 7, 2012 at 9:48
  • @J.R:I apologize my sensitive response. I'm just afraid that my question would be closed. BTW, Thank you for your suggestions. Finally I know the new word "inevitable" from you. I like it. Thanks again.
    – Samuel
    Nov 7, 2012 at 9:50

2 Answers 2


Ship means to send something. Deliver means to hand over something to the proper recipient.

For example, if Amazon shipped your stuff to your address, it would be delivered to you at your address.

If an item is on its way, you can use the term in transit, which means it has left the warehouse and is on its way to your address.

  • FYI, "the item is in transit" is the usual expression.
    – SF.
    Nov 7, 2012 at 10:04

Your first two lines are correct:

  • Delivery should mean the recipient has been given the package
  • Ship should mean the package has left the warehouse

Transmit is not appropriate for a package, but is for diseases and signals etc.

A shipment could be a package or a consignment of packages.

  • :Tannks for you help.So which word can be used to describe that the package is on it's way
    – Samuel
    Nov 7, 2012 at 9:53
  • You can indicate that with past tense: The package has shipped means that it's on its way.
    – J.R.
    Nov 7, 2012 at 12:31

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