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 That appeared to help minimize unrest, but thousands marching on a closed freeway were shaken when a semitrailer rolled into their midst. Dallas News, "US heads into a new week shaken by violence and pandemic," 1 June 2020 But that meant changing their course, with Lovell maneuvering a lunar module that steered like a school bus dragging a semitrailer truck. Meg Jones, USA TODAY, "50 years after Apollo 13, Commander James Lovell sees the mission's failure as a triumph," 12 Apr. 2020 He was charged after his semitrailer slammed into the back of a 2012 Ford carrying Alanna Norman Koons, 29, and her 18-month-old daughters Ruby and June on July 14, 2019. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "'He shouldn't have been driving': Trucker pleads guilty but mentally ill in deadly crash," 7 Feb. 2020 According to a federal complaint unsealed this week: In Fairfield, Smith met a driver of a semitrailer, who gave him two large bags containing 33 kilograms of cocaine. Kevin Grasha,, "Feds: In a pandemic, 'known drug trafficker' from College Hill acquired 33 kilos of cocaine," 9 Apr. 2020 The Iowa State Patrol said roads were caked with ice early Saturday when a semitrailer on Interstate 80 overturned, killing a passenger in the truck east of Iowa City . Juan A. Lozano, Anchorage Daily News, "Storms sweep southern U.S., Midwest as death toll rises to 11," 12 Jan. 2020 Also planned: 19 top-line dressing rooms, new production offices, backstage dining facilities for 150 and nine loading docks able to accomodate 13 semitrailer trucks at one time. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "If You Build (Or Upgrade) It, They Will Come: 20 Venues To Watch," 19 Feb. 2019 Tesla should get another boost beyond the Model Y. The company on Wednesday reiterated that production should begin this year of the Semi, an all-electric semitrailer truck revealed in 2017. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Tesla Posts Fourth-Quarter Profit on Record Deliveries," 29 Jan. 2020 At least three people were killed and three others injured in the collision and explosion of two semitrailers and three passenger vehicles on Interstate 35W in North Texas, north of Fort Worth. Fox News, "Texas crash, propane explosion kill at least 3 after 2 semis, 3 passenger vehicles collide," 10 Nov. 2019

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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 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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