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 Tesla also is developing a semitrailer truck that is running late, and Mr. Musk has said the company is striving to produce a $25,000 electric vehicle. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, 10 June 2021 On Friday evening, a 25-year-old Cambridge woman was killed when her car collided with a semitrailer truck in Isanti County. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 One features a downward ramp that can accommodate a semitrailer truck, for large professional productions. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2021 Mohamed was an over-the-road truck driver with his own semitrailer truck, friends said. Randy Furst, Star Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 In Inver Grove Heights, a semitrailer truck and a van collided on eastbound Hwy. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, 14 Apr. 2021 One person died in a Wednesday morning collision between a semitrailer truck and a pickup truck near Sauk Centre, Minn., authorities said. Peter Warren, Star Tribune, 17 Mar. 2021 The southbound lanes of Dallas North Tollway reopened Sunday after a semitrailer struck a safety barrier and burst into flames, causing road closures. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, 1 Mar. 2021 Kelliher told reporters that speeding endangers workers clearing or repairing roads as well, citing a nonfatal crash last week involving a snowplow and a semitrailer. Mohamed Ibrahim, Star Tribune, 8 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of semitrailer

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of semitrailer was in 1919

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“Semitrailer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of semitrailer

: a long trailer that has wheels at the rear and is attached at its forward end to a large truck
: a large truck with a long trailer attached to the back of it

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