- 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 trunks
And elephants do occasionally use their trunks as snorkels while swimming.
On 18 May, Spitz led Moore to Prien, where they located a large collection of trunks and crates belonging to Schwend.
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|Tim Teeman|May 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|May 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A number of Hungarians collected about a number of bodies at Cambria which had been washed up, and began rifling the trunks.History of the Johnstown Flood|Willis Fletcher Johnson
It was I who helped her pack her trunks, which she sent in advance to Morainville.Strange True Stories of Louisiana|George Washington Cable
Some boys had seen them wading it, and stopping to drink and squirt the water out of their trunks.A Boy's Town|W. D. Howells
Your trunks arrived all right at the 'Old Farm,' two days ago.The Peterkin Papers|Lucretia P Hale
The sun, now at high noon, massed the trees' shadow close around their trunks.The Ink-Stain, Complete|Rene Bazin
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.