- the shaft of a column.
- the dado or die of a pedestal.
- 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.
- brief shorts, loose-fitting or tight, worn by men chiefly for boxing, swimming, and track.
- Obsolete. trunk hose.
- 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.
- trundle bed,
- trunk cabin,
- trunk call,
- trunk curl,
- trunk engine,
- trunk hose
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|Liza Foreman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Eleanor Clift|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“I was a little nervous every time I took the camera out [of the trunk] that it would take me over,” he says.
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|Pierre Vaux|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
The trunk or branch is cut off; two cions are inserted in a cleft made with a knife.The Apple-Tree|L. H. Bailey
When it has no footstalk, but is closely united to the trunk.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)|William Kirby
Fin had the trunk of a tree brought, three equal parts made of it, and one given to each of the men.Myths and Folk Tales of Ireland|Jeremiah Curtin
We sat upon the trunk of a fallen pine tree on the verge of the common.The Yellow House|E. Phillips Oppenheim
The passing of her trunk from her father's house to her uncle's was not neglected by the gossips.Otherwise Phyllis|Meredith Nicholson
Word Origin 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.