- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM trunktrunkless, adjectivesubtrunk, noun
How to use trunk in a sentence
When Batwoman reached her fifth tree of the night, another colugo swooped in from the dark and hopped up the trunk toward her.On a cool night in Malaysia, scientists track mysterious colugos across the treetops|Yao-Hua Law|November 20, 2020|Science News
George Washington used one that folded out of a trunk when he traveled during the Revolutionary War.A Camp Cot Is the Key to Sleeping Well in the Woods|Graham Averill|November 9, 2020|Outside Online
Dry thoroughly before storing in a cool, dry place, not in your car’s trunk, where it’s dark and warm.Hints From Heloise: Keeping reusable grocery bags free of germs|Heloise Heloise|November 6, 2020|Washington Post
I kept the Pro 65 in my trunk on sunny weekends at the crag, and after long days in the heat, the contents emerged cold.
Trees suck carbon out of the air through photosynthesis and store it in their trunks, leaves, roots, and branches.How Amazon’s offsets could exaggerate its progress toward “net zero” emissions|James Temple|November 2, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Five and thirty livres for every head that falls trunkless into the basket at the foot of the guillotine!El Dorado|Baroness Orczy
We now know the complete series of steps connecting elephants with ordinary trunkless, tuskless mammals.More Science From an Easy Chair|Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
Dr. Johnson relates the impression which the sight of these trunkless heads made upon him.Historic Sites of Lancashire and Cheshire|James Croston
The trunkless hands then placed the dishes on the table, and the Prince and White Cat seated themselves at it.The Fairy Ring|Various
The trunkless hands then placed the dishes on the table, and the prince and white cat seated themselves at it.The Fairy Book|Dinah Maria Mulock (AKA Miss Mulock)