- 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 trunksstalk, stem, torso, luggage, crate, chest, bag, locker, suitcase, coffin, log, column, block, butt, stock, bole, soma, thorax, snout, prow
Examples from the Web for trunks
Contemporary Examples of trunks
And elephants do occasionally use their trunks as snorkels while swimming.Why Aristotle Deserves A Posthumous Nobel
October 18, 2014
On 18 May, Spitz led Moore to Prien, where they located a large collection of trunks and crates belonging to Schwend.On the Trail of Nazi Counterfeiters
Dr. Kevin C. Ruffner
September 20, 2014
His own trunks could do with urgent restyling, away from their current “Spanx diaper” vibe.Putin Vs. Obama—In Spandex: Wrestling’s New Cold War
May 14, 2014
The Border Patrol checkpoint rarely catches drug mules making their way from Mexico or border crossers hidden in trunks.U.S. Drug and Immigration Checkpoints Take Toll on Border Towns
Andrew Becker, G. W. Schulz
June 18, 2013
A tornado does not just topple trees, it tears off their branches and twists their trunks until they splinter.Oklahoma Tornado Devastation: What the Twister Left Behind
May 22, 2013
Historical Examples of trunks
"I will return and take my trunks," she said; and a carriage was called.The Incomplete Amorist
These piles were stems, or trunks of trees, sharpened with stone or bronze tools.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
Do me the favour to see to the trunks, if you please, Mr Pinch.'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
See that I have my trunks, for there was nothing about the Custom-house in my contract.My Double Life
There are no sounds of life, no trunks in the hall, and no idlers at the door.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
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.