- any of various forms of vehicle for carrying goods and materials, usually consisting of a single self-propelled unit but also often composed of a trailer vehicle hauled by a tractor unit.
- any of various wheeled frames used for transporting heavy objects.
- Also called hand truck. a barrowlike frame with low wheels, a ledge at the bottom, and handles at the top, used to move heavy luggage, packages, cartons, etc.
- a low, rectangular frame on which heavy boxes, crates, trunks, etc., are moved; a dolly.
- a tiered framework on casters.
- a group of two or more pairs of wheels in one frame, for supporting one end of a railroad car, locomotive, etc.
- Movies. a dolly on which a camera is mounted.
- British. a freight car having no top.
- a small wooden wheel, cylinder, or roller, as on certain old-style gun carriages.
- Nautical. a circular or square piece of wood fixed on the head of a mast or the top of a flagstaff, usually containing small holes for signal halyards.
- to transport by truck.
- to put on a truck.
- dolly(def 11).
- to convey articles or goods on a truck.
- to drive a truck.
- dolly(def 12).
- of, relating to, or for a truck or trucks: a truck drive; truck tires.
Origin of truck1
- to exchange; trade; barter.
- to exchange commodities; barter.
- to traffic; have dealings.
Origin of truck2
- a shuffling jitterbug step.
- to dance with such steps.
- Slang. to walk or stroll, especially in a jaunty manner: trucking down the avenue on a Sunday afternoon.
Origin of truck3
Examples from the Web for trucked
Water got trucked in, and CNN arrived on the scene, creating a national embarrassment for normally boastful Texas officials.America’s Axis of Drought
March 4, 2014
“We are trucked in there just to give some dignity to the occasion,” Scalia said.Antonin Scalia Believes in the Devil & 8 More Juicy Bits from the ‘New York’ Magazine Profile
October 7, 2013
These are then trucked north through Egypt, across the Sinai, and into Gaza—a distance of over 1,500 kilometers.Will the Ceasefire Last?
November 22, 2012
At least one Texas town ran out of water completely and had to have it trucked in.The Texas Drought Seen Firsthand from the Eyes of Ranchers
August 9, 2012
Remember when we trucked her up from the freight station and dumped her in three year ago?Tom Slade at Temple Camp
Percy K. Fitzhugh
The stuff had first to be broken on the surface, then sent below, trucked along the drives, and finally shoveled into place.
We dismantled the airplane and trucked it back to the airport where it sat in a state of neglect for some time.
That evening eight thousand books had been trucked into the department to be stowed away on or under tables and shelves.The Crimson Thread
Roy J. Snell
They were cut in Illinois and trucked to Indiana to be manufactured into veneer and lumber.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting
Northern Nut Growers Association
- British a vehicle for carrying freight on a railway; wagon
- US, Canadian and Australian a large motor vehicle designed to carry heavy loads, esp one with a flat platformAlso called (esp in Britain): lorry
- a frame carrying two or more pairs of wheels and usually springs and brakes, attached under an end of a railway coach, etc
- a disc-shaped block fixed to the head of a mast having sheave holes for receiving signal halyards
- the head of a mast itself
- any wheeled vehicle used to move goods
- to convey (goods) in a truck
- (intr) mainly US and Canadian to drive a truck
- commercial goods
- dealings (esp in the phrase have no truck with)
- commercial exchange
- archaic payment of wages in kind
- miscellaneous articles
- informal rubbish
- US and Canadian vegetables grown for market
- archaic to exchange (goods); barter
- (intr) to traffic or negotiate
Word Origin and History for trucked
"vehicle," 1610s, "small wheel" (especially one on which the carriages of a ship's guns were mounted), probably from Latin trochus "iron hoop," from Greek trokhos "wheel," from trekhein "to run" (see truckle (n.)). Sense extended to "cart for carrying heavy loads" (1774), then in American English to "motor vehicle for carrying heavy loads" (1913), a shortened form of motor truck in this sense (1901).
There have also been lost to the enemy 6,200 guns, 2,550 tanks and 70,000 trucks, which is the American name for lorries, and which, I understand, has been adopted by the combined staffs in North-West Africa in exchange for the use of the word petrol in place of gasolene. [Winston Churchill, address to joint session of U.S. Congress, May 19, 1943]
Truck stop is attested from 1956.
"to exchange, barter," early 13c., from Old North French troquer "to barter, exchange," from Medieval Latin trocare "barter," of unknown origin. Rare before 1580. Sense of "have dealings with" is first recorded 1610s. The noun is first recorded 1550s, "act or practice of barter." Sense of "vegetables raised for market" is from 1784, preserved in truck farm (1866).
"to convey on a truck," 1809, from truck (n.). Verbal meaning "dance, move in a cool way," first attested 1935, from popular dance of that name in U.S., supposedly introduced at Cotton Club, 1933. Related: Trucked; trucking.
Idioms and Phrases with trucked
see have no truck with.