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 trunk (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 The trees were destroyed down to the trunk, and all the branches were cut off. Vanessa Arredondo, SFChronicle.com, "Cherry blossom trees in S.F’s Japantown ripped bare by vandals," 7 Jan. 2021 The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Gregory died from a gunshot wound to the trunk of his body that perforated a lung. Amanda Blanco, courant.com, "State’s attorney rules Ansonia police officer was justified in fatally shooting knife-wielding man," 18 Dec. 2020 The tall, straight trunk was used for the masts of sailing ships. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, "Lake County’s aromatic evergreens beckon in winter," 24 Dec. 2020 Check Christmas tree stands daily to ensure the water level does not drop below the bottom of the cut trunk. Washington Post, "In a challenging, exhausting year, the garden has been a lifeline for many," 23 Dec. 2020 This approach allows the mistletoe to crawl along the host tree and capture choice sunlit territory among upper branches, but also crawl back toward the tree’s water-laden trunk. Rachel Ehrenberg, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Biology of Mistletoe," 23 Dec. 2020 Haller defends himself when police find the body of a former client in his car's trunk. New York Times, Star Tribune, "New York Times bestsellers," 22 Dec. 2020 Generally, maintain about one-third bare trunk to two-thirds leafy canopy as the young tree grows. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Dan Gill's mailbox: Go easy on the pruning for tropicals showing freeze damage," 22 Dec. 2020 The leaves exploded, and the squirrel scrabbled around the trunk uninjured. Natalie Krebs, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: A Hunt with Poppa," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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Last Updated

15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Trunk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trunk. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for trunk

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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