Definition of trunk
1a : the main stem of a tree apart from limbs and roots —called also boleb (1) : the human or animal body apart from the head and appendages : torso (2) : the thorax of an insectc : 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 automobileb (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 riverb : trunk line
trunkfulplay \ˈtrənk-ˌfu̇l\ 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 of trunk from the Web
The lump, which is about the size of a melon, is on the patient's trunk, and according to Lee, is about 50 years old.
The WRX STI ($36,995) is more of an outlaw with a bigger engine — 305-hp, 2.5-liter flat four — and a driver-adjustable center differential, Brembo brakes with six-piston front calipers and a big trunk-lid wing.
This collaboration is going where luxury streetwear has not gone before—from baseball jackets, to LV's take on the signature Supreme tee, to a straight-up opulent skateboard trunk.
Just the day before, Gabriela had packed a car trunk full of canned green beans, tampons and baby food so a woman could take them across the border, to a shelter in Reynosa taking in people who have been deported there.
From the start the two boxers clashed, Dobson's opponent, Jeremy Nichols (7-1-1, 2 KOs) of Las Vegas, made his entrance in flashy red and gold trunks and Dobson (9-0-0, 5 KOs) marched in wearing classic New York Yankees pinstripes.
Carefully inspect tree trunks before touching them since poison ivy often clings to them.
In one section already plowed, tree trunks and branches from a previous slide poked from sheer snowbanks littered with pine needles and other debris from a previous snow slide.
The man accused of robbing a bank in Miami —and then giving away the loot while standing on the trunk of a car in front of a crowd in Miami Beach —will claim insanity at his trial, according to court records.
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Origin and Etymology of trunk
Middle English trunke Anglo-French trunc, trunke, from Latin truncus trunk, torso
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
TRUNK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of trunk for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of trunk for Students
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
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