Definitions of trunk

  1. To lop off; to curtail; to truncate; to maim.
  2. To extract ( ores) from the slimes in which they are contained, by means of a trunk. See Trunk, n., 9.
  3. the body excluding the head and neck and limbs; " they moved their arms and legs and bodies"
  4. the main stem of a tree; usually covered with bark; the bole is usually the part that is commercially useful for lumber
  5. luggage consisting of a large strong case used when traveling or for storage
  6. The stem, or body, of a tree, apart from its limbs and roots; the main stem, without the branches; stock; stalk.
  7. The body of an animal, apart from the head and limbs.
  8. The main body of anything; as, the trunk of a vein or of an artery, as distinct from the branches.
  9. That part of a pilaster which is between the base and the capital, corresponding to the shaft of a column.
  10. 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.
  11. The proboscis of an elephant.
  12. 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.
  13. A flume or sluice in which ores are separated from the slimes in which they are contained.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. A long tube through which pellets of clay, pas, etc., are driven by the force of the breath.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Stem of a tree; body of an animal apart from the limbs; main body of anything; proboscis of an elephant; chest for clothes, & c.
  20. The body, as distinguished from the limbs.
  21. A packing- box with a hinged lid and handles.
  22. A proboscis, as of an elephant.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. The main stem of a tree ; the proboscis of an elephant.
  26. Pertaining to a chief line; as, trunk lines of railroad.