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trunk line

a major long-distance transportation line.
trunk (def 8).
Origin of trunk line
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Out of this trunk line emerge the several collateral lines, male and female, which are numbered outwardly.

    Ancient Society Lewis Henry Morgan
  • This was peculiarly the case in the northeastern or trunk line territory.

  • You take number two trunk line, and find two of the staff—quick; any two.

  • The trunk line of his work was magnetism; electricity was only a siding.

    Makers of Electricity Brother Potamian
  • In 1910 it constituted almost two-thirds of the business in trunk line territory and almost one-half in the West.

  • Why not have continued this trunk line on to Salisbury, on to Tete, and the Zambesi?

    Through South Africa Henry M. Stanley
  • This rivalry led to rate wars on a scale not witnessed before since the trunk line struggles during the seventies.

  • A second later he was speaking with the man who had actually witnessed the cutting of the trunk line.

    The Invasion William Le Queux
  • It does not necessarily determine the exact rate to be applied in practice from every little station in trunk line territory.

  • He was engaged on the Erie trunk line, was paid highly, and was much esteemed.

    The Courtship of Susan Bell Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for trunk line

trunk line

a direct link between two telephone exchanges or switchboards that are a considerable distance apart
the main route or routes on a railway
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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