- 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
Examples from the Web for trunkless
Historical Examples of trunkless
And how came you, sir, to be thus housed in a trunkless head?Figures of Earth
James Branch Cabell
I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert.Myths & Legends of Babylonia & Assyria
The trunkless hands then placed the dishes on the table, and the prince and white cat seated themselves.
Dr. Johnson relates the impression which the sight of these trunkless heads made upon him.Historic Sites of Lancashire and Cheshire
The trunkless hands then placed the dishes on the table, and the Prince and White Cat seated themselves at it.The Fairy Ring
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.