- the main stem of a tree, as distinct from the branches and roots.
- a large, sturdy box or chest for holding or transporting clothes, personal effects, or other articles.
- a large compartment, usually in the rear of an automobile, in which luggage, a spare tire, and other articles may be kept.
- the body of a person or an animal excluding the head and limbs; torso.
- Ichthyology. the part of a fish between the head and the anus.
- the shaft of a column.
- the dado or die of a pedestal.
- the main channel, artery, or line in a river, railroad, highway, canal, or other tributary system.
- Telephony, Telegraphy.
- a telephone line or channel between two central offices or switching devices that is used in providing telephone connections between subscribers generally.
- a telegraph line or channel between two main or central offices.
- Anatomy. the main body of an artery, nerve, or the like, as distinct from its branches.
- brief shorts, loose-fitting or tight, worn by men chiefly for boxing, swimming, and track.
- Obsolete.trunk hose.
- the long, flexible, cylindrical nasal appendage of the elephant.
- a large enclosed passage through the decks or bulkheads of a vessel, for cooling, ventilation, or the like.
- any of various watertight casings in a vessel, as the vertical one above the slot for a centerboard in the bottom of a boat.
- a conduit; shaft; chute.
- of, relating to, or noting a main channel or line, as of a railroad or river.
Origin of trunk
Examples from the Web for trunk
In December, he did his first trunk shows in Paris and New York.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
A declaration of candidacy signed by Cuomo was in the trunk of his car.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82
January 2, 2015
“I was a little nervous every time I took the camera out [of the trunk] that it would take me over,” he says.From Fashion Player to Photographer Monk
December 3, 2014
Vehicles doubtless still pass through the many side-roads in the area, but the two trunk routes from the border are both blocked.Ukrainian Troops Retreat From Russian Border, Leaving 100 Kilometers Open to Invasion
August 12, 2014
What no one knows yet is that Katie could have been the third girl in the trunk.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town
E. Jean Carroll
April 19, 2014
The station-master was standing on the platform, superintending the removal of a trunk.Brave and Bold
When you pack your wardrobes put a few spring-beds in your trunk.
"You'd better be packing your trunk," the Inspector rumbled.Within the Law
I could see the tip of One-Tusk's trunk go up with a start every time he winded it.The Trail Book
We'll bring her trunk down, put it in her room and lay the keys on top.Her Father's Daughter
- the main stem of a tree, usually thick and upright, covered with bark and having branches at some distance from the ground
- a large strong case or box used to contain clothes and other personal effects when travelling and for storage
- anatomy the body excluding the head, neck, and limbs; torso
- the elongated prehensile nasal part of an elephant; proboscis
- Also called: (Brit, Austral., NZ, and South African) boot US and Canadian an enclosed compartment of a car for holding luggage, etc, usually at the rear
- anatomy the main stem of a nerve, blood vessel, etc
- nautical a watertight boxlike cover within a vessel with its top above the waterline, such as one used to enclose a centreboard
- an enclosed duct or passageway for ventilation, etc
- (modifier) of or relating to a main road, railway, etc, in a networka trunk line
Word Origin and History for trunk
mid-15c., "box, case," from Old French tronc "alms box in a church" (12c.), also "trunk of a tree, trunk of the human body," from Latin truncus, originally "mutilated, cut off." The meaning "box, case" is likely to be from the notion of the body as the "case" of the organs. English acquired the other two senses of the Old French in late 15c.: "main stem of a tree" and "torso of a human body." The sense of "luggage compartment of a motor vehicle" is from 1930. The use in reference to an elephant's snout is from 1560s, perhaps from confusion with trump (short for trumpet). Railroad trunk line is attested from 1843; telephone version is from 1889.
- The body excluding the head and limbs.
- The main stem of a blood vessel or nerve apart from the branches.
- A large collecting lymphatic vessel.