tractor trailer

\ˈtrak-tər-ˈtrā-lər \
variants: or tractor-trailer

Definition of tractor trailer 


: a large truck with a long trailer attached to the back of it : semitrailer

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On the ground, highways across the Northeast were clogged with tractor trailers and buses, which were prohibited from crossing some of the region’s massive bridges because of the treacherous winds. Karen Weintraub, Washington Post, "Eight dead, streets flooded, cities paralyzed by massive East Coast storm," 6 Mar. 2018 Senior Trooper Reginal King said the pair was in a 2008 Honda Civic when they were struck by a 2013 Volvo tractor trailer. Carol Robinson,, "2 killed in Greene County crash with tractor trailer," 24 Apr. 2018 The driver of the tractor trailer, a 45-year-old man from Miamiwas not injured, police said. Adam Sennott,, "Driver killed in crash on I-90 in Grafton," 11 July 2018 Several cars on a car-hauling tractor trailer heading north on I-94 caught fire Tuesday, closing all northbound lanes of I-94 for more than two hours. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Several cars on a car hauler tractor trailer lit on fire, leading to lane closures across I-94 and severe delays," 19 June 2018 The trooper was investigating the crash when a Maryland State Highway Administration vehicle pulled over to assist before being hit by a tractor trailer carrying bundles of metal pipe, state police said. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "Northbound I-270 reopens after tractor-trailer crash," 31 May 2018 Breaking: Police in Raymondville Texas pull over tractor trailer with undocumented immigrants inside. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Trailer carrying undocumented immigrants is stopped in Texas, police say," 23 May 2018 Also, there is a disabled tractor trailer is blocking the right lane of eastbound traffic near mile marker 89 near the Orange and Seminole county line. Martin E. Comas,, "Central Florida traffic update: Multi-vehicle crash on I-4 in Osceola County," 21 June 2018 According to the US Census Bureau, there are approximately 15 million trucks currently in operation across the country, of which 2 million are tractor trailers or long-haul trucks. Chuck Tannert, Ars Technica, "Autonomous trucks will haul your stuff before you ride in a self-driving car," 29 May 2018

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1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tractor trailer was in 1898

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