Definitions of trunk

  1. compartment in an automobile that carries luggage or shopping or tools (` boot' is British usage)
  2. the body excluding the head and neck and limbs; " they moved their arms and legs and bodies"
  3. the main stem of a tree; usually covered with bark; the bole is usually the part that is commercially useful for lumber
  4. a long flexible snout as of an elephant
  5. luggage consisting of a large strong case used when traveling or for storage
  6. compartment in an automobile that carries luggage or shopping or tools; " he put his golf bag in the trunk"
  7. The stem, or body, of a tree, apart from its limbs and roots; the main stem, without the branches; stock; stalk.
  8. The body of an animal, apart from the head and limbs.
  9. The main body of anything; as, the trunk of a vein or of an artery, as distinct from the branches.
  10. That part of a pilaster which is between the base and the capital, corresponding to the shaft of a column.
  11. That segment of the body of an insect which is between the head and abdomen, and bears the wings and legs; the thorax; the truncus.
  12. The proboscis of an elephant.
  13. The proboscis of an insect.
  14. A box or chest usually covered with leather, metal, or cloth, or sometimes made of leather, hide, or metal, for containing clothes or other goods; especially, one used to convey the effects of a traveler.
  15. A flume or sluice in which ores are separated from the slimes in which they are contained.
  16. A large pipe forming the piston rod of a steam engine, of sufficient diameter to allow one end of the connecting rod to be attached to the crank, and the other end to pass within the pipe directly to the piston, thus making the engine more compact.
  17. A long, large box, pipe, or conductor, made of plank or metal plates, for various uses, as for conveying air to a mine or to a furnace, water to a mill, grain to an elevator, etc.
  18. To lop off; to curtail; to truncate; to maim.
  19. To extract ( ores) from the slimes in which they are contained, by means of a trunk. See Trunk, n., 9.
  20. A long tube through which pellets of clay, pas, etc., are driven by the force of the breath.
  21. The upright stem, body, or stock of a tree; the body of an animal, without the head and limbs; the central or most important part of anything which has branches or projections; an elephant's proboscis; a large traveling box or chest to hold personal belongings.
  22. Pertaining to a chief line; as, trunk lines of railroad.
  23. 1. The torso, the body exclusive of head and extremities. 2. The main stem of a tree from which the branches arise. 3. The main stem of a blood- vessel, lymphatic, or nerve.
  24. That portion of body containing heart, lungs, intestines, etc., etc.
  25. The stem of a tree: the body of an animal apart from the limbs: the main body of anything: anything long and hollow: the proboscis of an elephant: the shaft of a column: a chest for clothes.
  26. Stem of a tree; body of an animal apart from the limbs; main body of anything; proboscis of an elephant; chest for clothes, & c.
  27. The body, as distinguished from the limbs.
  28. A packing- box with a hinged lid and handles.
  29. A proboscis, as of an elephant.
  30. The stem or body of a tree; the body of an animal without the limbs; the main body of anything; the snout or proboscis of an elephant; the proboscis of an Insect; the shaft of a column; a box or chest for containing clothes, & c.
  31. A box or chest, particularly one covered with leather or skin, so called as resembling the trunk or chest of a man's body; the stem or body of a tree apart from its branches; the main body of anything; the proboscis of an elephant; the part of the body between the head and the abdomen; a water- course made of planks.
  32. The main stem of a tree ; the proboscis of an elephant.

Usage examples for trunk

  1. From 1862 to 1868 president of the Grand Trunk Railway. – The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History by Various
  2. With the clothes on your back, or will you stop at Benton for your trunk? – Desert Dust by Edwin L. Sabin
  3. I left them in my trunk. – The After House by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  4. Isn't it worth anything to see that blessed trunk? – The Rebel of the School by Mrs. L. T. Meade
  5. But a glorious fire before a giant tree trunk made the last evening on the trail one of comfort. – The Enchanted Canyon by Honoré Willsie Morrow
  6. From its beginning, which is in this trunk. – Divine-Comedy-Longfellow-s-Translation-Complete by Dante Alighieri
  7. Now Humility had spoken, and still stood, with her eyes resting on the trunk. – The Ship of Stars by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  8. Where's your trunk, Mr. Milton? – The Enchanted Canyon by Honoré Willsie Morrow
  9. Better lay it down somew'eres an' go to her- not there on the rockin'- cheer, for somebody to set on- 'n' not on the trunk, please. – Sonny, A Christmas Guest by Ruth McEnery Stuart
  10. Early in the morning he had walked to Sadler's, his object being to secure from the trunk which he had left there a suit of ordinary summer clothes. – The Associate Hermits by Frank R. Stockton
  11. One of the deck- hands was sent to fetch her trunk. – Balcony Stories by Grace E. King
  12. He left all these letters at the bottom of his trunk, and went direct to the chancellor himself, of whom he requested an audience. – Timar's Two Worlds by Mór Jókai
  13. How shall I carry the trunk back?" – Herbert Carter's Legacy by Horatio Alger
  14. I saw an express wagon drive into the yard with a boy and a trunk in it and I went out just as he got down. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  15. On the night of the 24th a tree- trunk was reported, but when morning came nothing further was seen. – The Life of Captain James Cook by Arthur Kitson
  16. Let me have the trunk! – The Coast of Bohemia by William Dean Howells
  17. But then there is only one trunk to check. – A Woman's Will by Anne Warner
  18. This she examined very carefully, turning it over with her trunk, and it was only when she had fully satisfied herself that it was dead, that she called her little one to her side. – The Ruined Cities of Zululand by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley