trunk line

noun

Definition of trunk line

1 : a transportation system (such as an airline, railroad, or highway) handling long-distance through traffic
2a : a main supply channel (as for gas or oil)

Examples of trunk line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But rather than a random scattering of facilities that process this or handle that, the report envisions a centralized trunk line down the middle of the state along which everything would be located. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Here’s what it could cost for California to hit zero-emissions goal," 4 Feb. 2020 This way, trucks wouldn't have to travel very far to reach a railroad, which could carry it along that trunk line. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Here’s what it could cost for California to hit zero-emissions goal," 4 Feb. 2020 Larger diameter trunk lines are to replace narrow pipes draining the campus between Main Street and the Connecticut River. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Goodwin College breaks ground on gateway commercial building in East Hartford," 14 Oct. 2019 One morning a string of seven green and white IBAMA 4x4s and an escort of police pickups snaked past piles of enormous tree trunks lining the edge of an expansive lumberyard. Felipe Fittipaldi, National Geographic, "Inside the faltering fight against illegal Amazon logging," 28 Aug. 2019 Integration with export and industrial zones is low, as the main trunk line does not connect to individual industrial zones, creating significant last-mile shipping and logistics for firms, particularly at port connections. Yunnan Chen, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia and Kenya are struggling to manage debt for their Chinese-built railways," 4 June 2019 Internet service — essential to placing an order — cuts out frequently during the best of times and goes down entirely for weeks or months during winter, when the trunk line to Srinagar, the state capital, is damaged under the snow. New York Times, "Delivering Amazon Packages to the Top of the World," 2 July 2018 The new red-carpet worry is cleavage lines For firming the jaw and neck and getting rid of tree trunk lines, radiofrequency micro-needling has taken over. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Derm-to-the-Stars Harold Lancer Says Big Butts Are Out, Lifted Nose Tips Are In," 27 June 2018 Water filtered through that grid into two larger sideline drains that fed a main trunk line north of the field. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "LCHS football field gets drainage upgrade after rains gang up on gridiron," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of trunk line

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Trunk line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trunk%20line. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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