noun \ˈtrəŋk\

: the thick main stem of a tree

: the main part of the human body not including the head, arms, and legs

: the main or central part of something

Full Definition of TRUNK

a :  the main stem of a tree apart from limbs and roots —called also bole
b (1) :  the human or animal body apart from the head and appendages :  torso
(2) :  the thorax of an insect
c :  the central part of anything; specifically :  the shaft of a column or pilaster
a (1) :  a large rigid piece of luggage used usually for transporting clothing and personal effects (2) :  the luggage compartment of an automobile
b (1) :  a superstructure over a ship's hatches usually level with the poop deck
(2) :  the part of the cabin of a boat projecting above the deck (3) :  the housing for a centerboard or rudder
:  proboscis; especially :  the long muscular proboscis of the elephant
plural :  men's shorts worn chiefly for sports <swimming trunks>
a :  a usually major channel or passage (as a chute or shaft)
b :  a circuit between two telephone exchanges for making connections between subscribers; broadly :  a usually electronic path over which information is transmitted (as between computer systems)
a :  the principal channel or main body of a system or part that divides into branches <a nerve trunk> <the trunk of a river>
b :  trunk line
trunk·ful \ˈtrənk-ˌfl\ noun

Examples of TRUNK

  1. the trunk of an artery
  2. <threw the rest of her books and tapes in the trunk and closed the lid>

Origin of TRUNK

Middle English trunke Anglo-French trunc, trunke, from Latin truncus trunk, torso
First Known Use: 15th century
TRUNKFUL Defined for Kids


noun \ˈtrəŋk\

Definition of TRUNK for Kids

:  the thick main stem of a tree not including the branches and roots
:  a box or chest for holding clothes or other articles especially for traveling
:  the enclosed space in the rear of an automobile for carrying articles
:  the long round muscular nose of an elephant
trunks plural :  a swimsuit for a man or boy
:  the body of a person or animal not including the head, arms, and legs
Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈtrəŋk\

Medical Definition of TRUNK

:  the human body apart from the head and appendages :  torso
:  the main body of an anatomical part (as a nerve or blood vessel) that divides into branches


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