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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trunk, tree trunk, bolenoun

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

  2. trunknoun

    luggage consisting of a large strong case used when traveling or for storage

  3. torso, trunk, bodynoun

    the body excluding the head and neck and limbs

    "they moved their arms and legs and bodies"

  4. luggage compartment, automobile trunk, trunknoun

    compartment in an automobile that carries luggage or shopping or tools

    "he put his golf bag in the trunk"

  5. proboscis, trunknoun

    a long flexible snout as of an elephant


  1. trunknoun

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

  2. trunknoun

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

  3. trunknoun

    The torso.

  4. trunknoun

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

  5. trunknoun

    The luggage storage compartment of a sedan/saloon style car.

  6. trunknoun

    A circuit between telephone switchboards or other switching equipment.

  7. trunknoun

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

  8. trunknoun

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

  9. trunknoun

    A main line in a river, canal, railroad, or highway system.

  10. trunkadjective

    Pertaining to a main line in a river, canal, railroad, or highway system.

  11. Etymology: From trunke, from tronc, from truncus, from truncus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Trunknoun

    Etymology: truncus, Lat. tronc, Fr.

    He was
    The ivy, which had hid my princely trunk,
    And suckt my verdure out on’t. William Shakespeare.

    About the mossy trunk I wound me soon;
    For high from ground the branches would require
    Thy utmost reach. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ix.

    Creeping ’twixt ’em all, the mantling vine
    Does round their trunks her purple clusters twine. Dryden.

    Some of the largest trees have seeds no bigger than some diminutive plants, and yet every seed is a perfect plant with a trunk, branches, and leaves, inclosed in a shell. Richard Bentley.

    The charm and venom which they drunk,
    Their blood with secret filth infected hath,
    Being diffused through the senseless trunk. Fairy Qu. b. ii.

    Thou bring’st me happiness and peace, son John;
    But health, alack, with youthful wings is flown
    From this bare, wither’d trunk. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    The large trunks of the veins discharge the refluent blood into the next adjacent trunk, and so on to the heart. John Ray.

    Neither press, coffer, chest, trunk, well, vault, but he hath an abstract for the remembrance of such places. William Shakespeare.

    Some odd fantastick lord would fain
    Carry in trunks, and all my drudgery do. Dryden.

    Where a young man learned to dance, there happened to stand an old trunk in the room, the idea of which had so mixed itself with the turns of all his dances, that, though he could dance excellently well, yet it was only whilst that trunk was there; nor could he perform well in any other place, unless that, or some such other trunk, had its due position in the room. John Locke.

    Your poem sunk,
    And sent in quires to line a trunk:
    If still you be dispos’d to rhyme,
    Go try your hand a second time. Jonathan Swift.

    Leviathian that at his gills
    Draws in, and at his trunk spouts out a sea. John Milton.

    When elephant ’gainst elephant did rear
    His trunk, and castles justled in the air,
    My sword thy way to victory had shown. Dryden.

    In rolls of parchment trunks, the mouth being laid to the one end and the ear to the other, the sound is heard much farther than in the open air. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    In a shooting trunk, the longer it is to a certain limit, the swifter and more forcibly the air drives the pellet. John Ray.

  2. To Trunkverb

    To truncate; to main; to lop. Obsolete.

    Etymology: trunco, Lat.

    Large streams of blood out of the trunked stock
    Forth gushed, like water streams from riven rock. Fairy Q.


  1. trunk

    A trunk can have multiple meanings: 1) The main woody stem of a tree as distinct from its branches and roots. 2) A large, sturdy box or chest for holding or transporting clothes, personal effects, or other items. 3) The enclosed shaft in which an elevator or similar conveyance ascends and descends. 4) The main part of an animal's body, excluding the limbs and head. 5) The elongated, prehensile nose of an elephant. 6) In terms of human anatomy, the trunk refers to the torso or the part of the body that lies between the neck and the limbs. In general, a trunk refers to the main body or stem of something, whether it be part of a living organism or a mechanical or storage structure.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trunknoun

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

  2. Trunknoun

    the body of an animal, apart from the head and limbs

  3. Trunknoun

    the main body of anything; as, the trunk of a vein or of an artery, as distinct from the branches

  4. Trunknoun

    that part of a pilaster which is between the base and the capital, corresponding to the shaft of a column

  5. Trunknoun

    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

  6. Trunknoun

    the proboscis of an elephant

  7. Trunknoun

    the proboscis of an insect

  8. Trunknoun

    a long tube through which pellets of clay, p/as, etc., are driven by the force of the breath

  9. Trunknoun

    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

  10. Trunknoun

    a flume or sluice in which ores are separated from the slimes in which they are contained

  11. Trunknoun

    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

  12. Trunknoun

    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

  13. Trunkverb

    to lop off; to curtail; to truncate; to maim

  14. Trunkverb

    to extract (ores) from the slimes in which they are contained, by means of a trunk. See Trunk, n., 9


  1. Trunk

    Trunk or torso is an anatomical term for the central part of the many animal bodies from which extend the neck and limbs. The trunk includes the thorax and abdomen.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trunk

    trungk, n. 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, the dado or body of a pedestal: a water-course of planks leading from the race to the water-wheel: a large hollow piston in which a connecting-rod plays: a portable box or chest for clothes, &c., esp. on a journey: a flume, penstock.—adjs. Trunc′al, pertaining to the trunk, principal; Trunked, having a trunk: (Spens.) beheaded.—ns. Trunk′-fish, the coffer-fish; Trunk′ful, as much as will fill a trunk; Trunk′-hose, -breech′es, large hose or breeches formerly worn over the lower part of the body and the upper part of the legs; Trunk′-line, the main-line of a railway, canal, &c.; Trunk′-road, a main-road; Trunk′-sleeve (Shak.), a sleeve with the upper part puffed; Trunk′-work, work involving secrecy as by means of a trunk. [O. Fr. tronc—L. truncus, a stock—truncus, maimed.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. trunk

    (See RUDDER-TRUNK.) Also, a large species of turtle. Also, a place for keeping fish in. Also, an iron hoop with a bag, used to catch crabs and lobsters.--Fire-trunks. Funnels fixed in fire-ships under the shrouds, to convey the flames to the masts, rigging, and sails.

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  1. Trunk

    the thorax as a whole: the body.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TRUNK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Trunk is ranked #29366 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Trunk surname appeared 805 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Trunk.

    93.6% or 754 total occurrences were White.
    3.4% or 28 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'trunk' in Nouns Frequency: #2778

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trunk in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trunk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of trunk in a Sentence

  1. Karen Crawford:

    I have never seen anything like it before. The squirrel had its paw raised and the bird had its beak wide open, it was like they were going to have a fight. Karen Crawford, 59, captured the face-off as the pair appeared to be having a row over a handful of nuts on a tree trunk. In the shot, the red squirrel is perched vertically on a tree stump with its paw in the air, as the bird sits on the other side with its beak wide open. (Credit: SWNS) Perhaps even more remarkable, Crawford admitted she did not even realize she took the photos until she got home. I thought wow when I got home and saw the picture and the reaction I have had to it has been really strong.

  2. Michel Milinkovitch:

    There's a very fine control over what part of the trunk is contracting, it's not the whole trunk that is elongating and shortening -- it's portions, depending on what the elephant is doing.

  3. Lucinda Marker:

    The rehab months were unbelievable, it was like Paul Gaylord was Paul Gaylord, learning how to do everything again. We learned how to lift the wheelchair into the trunk of a car together. We became a team at living life. It really brought us so much closer together.

  4. Otero County:

    I’m gonna leave either tonight or tomorrow. I’ve got a .357 Henry Big Boy rifle lever action that I’ve got in the trunk of my car and I’ve got a .357 single action revolver, the Colt Ruger Vaquero that I’ll have underneath the front seat on my right side and I will embrace my Second Amendment.

  5. Isabel Maples:

    Perishable foods should not be out for more than one hour when it's hot out, and that includes the time traveling to the beach if the food is unrefrigerated in your vehicle's trunk.

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Translations for trunk

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  • حقيبة أمتعة, صندوقArabic
  • һандыҡ, морон, олонBashkir
  • куфар, хобат, ствол, багажнікBelarusian
  • стъбло, хобот, багажник, сандъкBulgarian
  • trompa, portaequipatge, tronc, maleterCatalan, Valencian
  • kmen, kufr, chobotCzech
  • snabelDanish
  • Stamm, Truhe, Rüssel, Koffer, KofferraumGerman
  • κορμός, πορτ-μπαγκάζ, μπαούλο, προβοσκίδα, αποσκευές, κόμβοςGreek
  • tronco, baúl, trompaSpanish
  • تنه, شنگ, صندوق, خرطومPersian
  • matkatavaratila, matkatavarasäiliö, kirstu, runko, puunrunko, tavaratila, takakontti, matkalaukku, matka-arkku, kärsä, tavarasäiliöFinnish
  • tronc, malle, valise, trompe, coffreFrench
  • búit, stocIrish
  • stoc, sròn, ciste-càirScottish Gaelic
  • troncoGalician
  • fatörzs, csomagtartó, törzs, bőrönd, ormányHungarian
  • կնճիթ, բեռնախցիկ, բունArmenian
  • koffort, stofn, bolur, skottIcelandic
  • proboscide, tronco, baule, bagagliaioItalian
  • 鼻, 中継回線, 幹, トランク, 行李, 長持Japanese
  • ტანი, საბარგულიGeorgian
  • 그루, 트렁크Korean
  • qurmKurdish
  • truncusLatin
  • MallLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • stumbrsLatvian
  • kahiwi, pūwai, tou, tou o te waka, tahiwi, kōhiwiMāori
  • ковчег, сурла, стебло, багажник, дебло, сандакMacedonian
  • ачааMongolian
  • bagolMaltese
  • kofferbak, koffer, slurf, laadruimte, stamDutch
  • pień, skrzynia, trąba, bagażnik, kufer, magistralaPolish
  • tronco, tromba, porta-malas, baú, porta-bagagem, malaPortuguese
  • portbagajRomanian
  • багажник, магистраль, ствол, сундук, хобот, магистральная линияRussian
  • сурла, surla, гепек, prtljažnik, дебло, deblo, сандук, ковчег, sanduk, пртљажник, gepek, стабло, стром, stablo, strom, шкриња, kovčeg, škrinjaSerbo-Croatian
  • kmeň, kufor, chobot, bedňa, skriňa, batožinový priestorSlovak
  • zaboj, kovček, prtljažnik, deblo, rilecSlovene
  • trungAlbanian
  • bagageutrymme, skuff, snabel, stam, koffert, baklucka, bagageluckaSwedish
  • కాండముTelugu
  • сандуқ‍Tajik
  • ลำต้น, ต้น, ลำThai
  • bulalayTagalog
  • куфер, хобот, скриня, багажник, стволUkrainian
  • beur, bodje, bukWalloon

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