semi·​trail·​er | \ ˈse-ˌmī-ˌtrā-lər How to pronounce semitrailer (audio) , ˈse-mē-, -mi- \

Definition of semitrailer

1 : a freight trailer that when attached is supported at its forward end by the fifth wheel device of the truck tractor
2 : a trucking rig made up of a tractor and a semitrailer

Examples of semitrailer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bees stung several people, including the semitrailer's driver, first responders and others. Landon Mion, Fox News, 3 July 2022 Hours later came the horrific discovery of the semitrailer abandoned beside railroad tracks on the outskirts of that south Texas city. Christopher Sherman,, 1 July 2022 Harnett County sheriff’s deputies reported finding more than 120 gallons of liquid meth in the semitrailer the men were driving. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 3 May 2022 The most recent death before Perez's occurred in October 2018 near Rogers, where a speeding semitrailer truck driver distracted by his cellphone struck contract worker Vernon C. Hedquist, 59, of Pillager, Minn. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Another semitrailer failed to slow down and hit the slowed truck from behind. Charles J. Johnson,, 2 Mar. 2021 More than 25 million bees were accidentally freed last week when a semitrailer holding the insects overturned on the interstate in Utah. Landon Mion, Fox News, 3 July 2022 More than 25 million bees escaped earlier this week when a semitrailer truck that was hauling them overturned on a highway in Utah, according to law enforcement and beekeepers. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, 2 July 2022 The work is necessary to repair damage from a steel coil falling off a semitrailer in March, damaging a bridge within the Kennedy interchange, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Jason Gonzalez, The Courier-Journal, 2 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of semitrailer

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Semitrailer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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