- 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.
Origin of trunk
Related Words for trunkstalk, stem, torso, luggage, crate, chest, bag, locker, suitcase, coffin, log, column, block, butt, stock, bole, soma, thorax, snout, prow
Examples from the Web for trunk
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of trunk
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
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.