Definition of Trunk

1. Noun. The main stem of a tree; usually covered with bark; the bole is usually the part that is commercially useful for lumber.

Exact synonyms: Bole, Tree Trunk
Group relationships: Tree
Generic synonyms: Stalk, Stem
Terms within: Bark

2. Noun. Luggage consisting of a large strong case used when traveling or for storage.
Generic synonyms: Baggage, Luggage
Specialized synonyms: Footlocker, Locker
Terms within: Trunk Lid

3. Noun. The body excluding the head and neck and limbs. "They moved their arms and legs and bodies"

4. Noun. Compartment in an automobile that carries luggage or shopping or tools. "He put his golf bag in the trunk"
Exact synonyms: Automobile Trunk, Luggage Compartment
Specialized synonyms: Boot
Group relationships: Auto, Automobile, Car, Machine, Motorcar
Generic synonyms: Compartment

5. Noun. A long flexible snout as of an elephant.
Exact synonyms: Proboscis
Generic synonyms: Neb, Snout
Group relationships: Elephant, Mammoth

Definition of Trunk

1. n. The stem, or body, of a tree, apart from its limbs and roots; the main stem, without the branches; stock; stalk.

2. v. t. To lop off; to curtail; to truncate; to maim.

Definition of Trunk

1. Noun. The (usually single) upright part of a tree, between the roots and the branches: the tree trunk. ¹

2. Noun. A large suitcase, usually requiring two persons to lift and with a hinged lid. ¹

3. Noun. The torso. ¹

4. Noun. The extended and articulated nose or nasal organ of an elephant. ¹

5. Noun. (US Canada automotive) The luggage storage compartment of a sedan/saloon style car. ¹

6. Noun. (US telecommunications) A circuit between telephone switchboards or other switching equipment. ¹

7. Noun. a chute or conduit, or a watertight shaft connecting two or more decks. ¹

8. Noun. (context: software engineering, jargon) in software projects under source control: the most current source tree, from which the latest unstable builds (so-called "trunk builds") are compiled. ¹

9. Noun. (transport) A main line in a river, canal, railroad, or highway system. ¹

10. Verb. (obsolete) To lop off; to curtail; to truncate. ¹

11. Verb. (mining) To extract (ores) from the slimes in which they are contained, by means of a trunk. ¹

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Definition of Trunk

1. the main stem of a tree [n -S] : TRUNKED [adj]

Medical Definition of Trunk

1. The main stem or body of a tree, considered apart from its roots and branches. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Trunk

trundle along
trundle bed
trundle beds
trundled along
trundles along
trundling along
trunk (current term)
trunk call
trunk calls
trunk hose
trunk lid
trunk line
trunk of atrioventricular bundle
trunk of corpus callosum
trunk road
trunk route

Literary usage of Trunk

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1921)
"(106 SE) loss of a trunk while in possession of a terminal company acting as agent for the A. road and another, the B. road, instruction that it defendant ..."

2. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1909)
"IN THE LITTLE OLD LEATHER trunk BY CHARLES WISNER BARRELL ALMOST every summer since she could remember, Ellen Penfield had spent her vacation days on her ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1888)
"ages for the loss of the contents of a trunk belonging to the plaintiff, ... Her baggage was examined on the dock, and one trunk was detained by the customs ..."

4. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1880)
"THE STRUCTURE AND ACTION OF A BUTTERFLY'S trunk. BY EDWARD BURGESS. T^VERY one knows that butterflies and moths, the insects -LJ forming the group ..."

5. Biennial Report by Michigan State Highway Dept (1914)
".Opposite page 12 Branch county road, north of Coldwater Opposite page 94 Buckle Hill, Pontiac township, Oakland county Opposite page 34 Carp River trunk ..."

6. Gymnastic Teaching by William Skarstrom (1921)
"Neck grasp standing forward bending of trunk, alternating with arm ... Arm bending with alternate foot placing sideways, and forward bending of trunk. ..."

7. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1918)
"Following the partial decision of the Commission in its first report, most of the trunk lines reinstated the allowances to the Rail- e way, ..."

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