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trunnion

[truhn-yuh n]
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noun
  1. either of the two cylindrical projections on a cannon, one on each side for supporting the cannon on its carriage.
  2. any of various similar supports for machinery.
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Origin of trunnion

First recorded in 1615–25, trunnion is from the French word trognon trunk, stump, core (of fruit)
Related formstrun·nioned, adjective
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Examples from the Web for trunnion

Historical Examples

  • Had not he possessed that, he would not have been at the head of the firm of Crank, Trunnion & Swab.

    The Two Supercargoes

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • All I know is, that Mr Trunnion did not invite him to his house.

    The Two Supercargoes

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Mr Trunnion was silent for a minute, and seemed lost in thought.

    The Two Supercargoes

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • “The time has come to set Captain Trunnion at liberty,” I said.

    The Two Supercargoes

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Sir Philip, however, was by no means one of the Trunnion class.


British Dictionary definitions for trunnion

trunnion

noun
  1. one of a pair of coaxial projections attached to opposite sides of a container, cannon, etc, to provide a support about which it can turn in a vertical
  2. the structure supporting such a projection
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Derived Formstrunnioned, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Old French trognon trunk
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Word Origin and History for trunnion

n.

"either of two round projections of a cannon," 1620s, from French trognon "core of fruit, stump, tree trunk," from Middle French troignon (14c.), probably, from Latin truncus (see trunk).

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