variants or eighteen-wheeler
: a trucking rig consisting of a tractor and a trailer and typically having eighteen wheels

Examples of 18-wheeler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another time, an 18-wheeler headed west jackknifed on the Alta Bridge and flipped on its side. St. John Barned-Smith, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Mar. 2023 According to the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, deputies serving warrants in the Prichard area spotted an 18-wheeler driving in the wrong lane of traffic on I-165 near Beauregard Street. Warren Kulo | Wkulo@al.com, al, 10 Mar. 2023 Oh Boy Prince is on a long road to recovery after he was struck in the face by an 18-wheeler brake pad in January. Chelsea White, Peoplemag, 2 Mar. 2023 Working with an orchestra is like trying to maneuver quick with an 18-wheeler. Ashley Leestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2023 In November, five people, including two children, were killed in Alabama when their car entered the highway going the wrong way and hit an 18-wheeler. Steve Leblanc, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Feb. 2023 While driving in the far left lane of the freeway, Griffith said the brake pad of an 18-wheeler flew off and hit his car, windshield and then the dashboard before striking his face and landing in their son's car seat in the backseat. Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 23 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of 18-wheeler was in 1934

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“18-wheeler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/18-wheeler. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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