trunk

noun
\ ˈtrəŋk How to pronounce trunk (audio) \

Definition of trunk

1a : the main stem of a tree apart from limbs and roots

called also bole

b(1) : the human or animal body apart from the head, neck, and appendages : torso
(2) : the thorax of an insect
c : the central part of anything specifically : the shaft of a column or pilaster
2a(1) : a large rigid piece of luggage used usually for transporting clothing and personal effects
(2) : the luggage compartment of an automobile
b(1) : a superstructure over a ship's hatches usually level with the poop deck
(2) : the part of the cabin of a boat projecting above the deck
(3) : the housing for a centerboard or rudder
3 : proboscis especially : the long muscular proboscis of the elephant
4 trunks plural : men's shorts worn chiefly for sports swimming trunks
5a : a usually major channel or passage (such as a chute or shaft)
b : a circuit between two telephone exchanges for making connections between subscribers broadly : a usually electronic path over which information is transmitted (as between computer systems)
6a : the principal channel or main body of a system or part that divides into branches a nerve trunk the trunk of a river

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Other Words from trunk

trunkful \ ˈtrənk-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce trunkful (audio) \ noun

Examples of trunk in a Sentence

the trunk of an artery threw the rest of her books and tapes in the trunk and closed the lid
Recent Examples on the Web Wildluvs Juno My Baby Elephant Already sold out, this interactive toy with a moving trunk responds to touch and plays games with your young child. Chris Morris, Fortune, "The Hottest Toys of the 2019 Holiday Season, According to Amazon," 9 Sep. 2019 If conditions cause water in leaves to escape too fast, bubbles can form in a trunk's water-conduction channels, disrupting flow. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Sturdy as they are, giant trees are particularly susceptible to these three killers," 4 Sep. 2019 Each robot is electric, has a trunk that can fit about 20 pounds of cargo, and has a suite of cameras around the outside that can be used to identify obstacles and help guide the robot to its destination. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Thousands of autonomous delivery robots are about to descend on US college campuses," 20 Aug. 2019 The macaws kept standing on the trunk, seemingly undisturbed, looking at once majestic and fragile in the midst of the cloud. Miguel Conde, National Geographic, "Hundreds of wild parrots are thriving in this Brazilian city," 6 Sep. 2019 According to legend, Jane Jara began playing a song on a long flute made from the trunk of an embauba tree. Flora Charner, Isa Soares, Waffa Munayyer, Cnn, CNN, "Brazil's indigenous guardians of the Amazon," 27 Aug. 2019 One officer grabbed a first-aid kit from the trunk. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Boy steals boa constrictors at snake show; drunk man licks arm of police officer: Brook Park police blotter," 23 Aug. 2019 Forest scientists have long amused their students by cutting holes in tree bark and setting fire to gases hissing from the trunk. Fred Pearce, WIRED, "Trees Emit a Surprisingly Large Amount of Methane," 9 July 2019 The blocky, rustic figure was cut from the trunk of a living linden tree - whose base forms a tall plinth - in a field beside the Sava River in the village of Rozno, five miles from Sevnica. NBC News, "Rustic sculpture of Melania Trump unveiled in her native Slovenia," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of trunk

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for trunk

Middle English trunke Anglo-French trunc, trunke, from Latin truncus trunk, torso

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The first known use of trunk was in the 15th century

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trunk

noun
How to pronounce trunk (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of trunk

: the thick main stem of a tree
: the main part of the human body not including the head, arms, and legs
: the main or central part of something

trunk

noun
\ ˈtrəŋk How to pronounce trunk (audio) \

Kids Definition of trunk

1 : the thick main stem of a tree not including the branches and roots
2 : a box or chest for holding clothes or other articles especially for traveling
3 : the enclosed space in the rear of an automobile for carrying articles
4 : the long round muscular nose of an elephant
5 trunks plural : a swimsuit for a man or boy
6 : the body of a person or animal not including the head, arms, and legs

trunk

noun
\ ˈtrəŋk How to pronounce trunk (audio) \

Medical Definition of trunk

1 : the human body apart from the head and appendages : torso
2 : the main body of an anatomical part (as a nerve or blood vessel) that divides into branches

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