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

Synonyms for trunk

Synonyms

bin, box, caddy, case, casket, chest, locker

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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

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To many, a photorealistic tattoo of a trunk filled with colorful flowers that's going viral on Instagram may just be a stunning piece of body art. Devon Abelman, Allure, "This Gorgeous Tattoo Inspired by EXO's "Love Shot" Is Going Viral on Instagram," 28 May 2019 Pam and Alida wore proper matching bathing suits with skirts that Tonne and I, clad in our unisex bathing trunks, thought very fancy. Wendy Goodman, ELLE Decor, "Averell Harriman’s Legendary Long Island Home Sparked One Editor's Lifelong Love of Design," 22 May 2019 Cottrell, who recently dropped in at Green’s Drug Store, said her mother used to open up an old trunk with her brother’s belongings on Sunday afternoons and read his letters. Alan Suderman, The Seattle Times, "Virginia town remembers the high price paid on D-Day," 20 May 2019 Kristen looked every inch the bride-to-be in a white Johanna Ortiz swimsuit, Chanel sandals and a Jacquemus hat, with Zack coordinated in Solid & Striped trunks. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Epic Lake Como Wedding Had It All: An Alta Moda Photoshoot, Fireworks, and a Surprise Opera," 11 Apr. 2019 Biomorphic pieces and decorative objects—recalling tree trunks and seashells, fossils and driftwood—have a soft-edged beauty with natural appeal ... WSJ, "Why Design Is Embracing Organic," 4 Apr. 2019 In the 2011 trial, experts testified that air samples indicated that decaying human remains had been present in Casey’s trunk. Fox News, "Casey Anthony's parents question what went wrong, who was to blame in new A&E special," 2 Oct. 2018 Some diseases, such as verticillium wilt and Dutch elm disease, interfere with the flow of water within a tree’s trunk and branches, cutting off the water supply to the leaves and leading to leaf scorch. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Brown leaves in summer probably signal scorched plants," 11 July 2018 Investigators claim Jones placed Satchwell's body in the trunk of a car overnight before dumping her body in the woods near Rabbit Hash. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Second juvenile arrested in cancer patient killing," 20 June 2018

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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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trunk

noun

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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