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semitrailer

[ sem-i-trey-ler ]
/ ˈsɛm ɪˌtreɪ lər /
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noun

Also called semi. a detachable trailer for hauling freight, with wheels at the rear end, the forward end being supported by the rear of a truck tractor when attached.Compare full trailer.

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Origin of semitrailer

First recorded in 1915–20; semi- + trailer
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Example sentences from the Web for semitrailer

  • The steel mesh fence was ruptured by a huge semitrailer truck turned on its side.

    The Last Place on Earth|James Judson Harmon

British Dictionary definitions for semitrailer

semitrailer
/ (ˌsɛmɪˈtreɪlə) /

noun

a type of trailer or articulated lorry that has wheels only at the rear, the front end being supported by the towing vehicle
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