• (British) IPA: /tɹʌŋk/
  • (GA) IPA: /tɹʌŋk/, [t͡ʃɹʌŋk], [tɹʌŋk]

trunk (plural trunks)

  1. (heading, biological) Part of a body.
    1. The usually single, more or less upright part of a tree, between the roots and the branches: the tree trunk.
    2. The torso.
    3. The conspicuously extended, mobile, nose-like organ of an animal such as a sengi, a tapir or especially an elephant. The trunks of various kinds of animals might be adapted to probing and sniffing, as in the sengis, or be partly prehensile, as in the tapir, or be a versatile prehensile organ for manipulation, feeding, drinking and fighting as in the elephant.
  2. (heading) A container.
    1. A large suitcase, chest, or similar receptacle for carrying or storing personal possessions, usually with a hinged, often domed lid, and handles at each end, so that generally it takes two persons to carry a full trunk.
      • 1915, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, OCLC 5661828 ↗, page 01 ↗:
        There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy. Mail bags, so I understand, are being put on board. Stewards, carrying cabin trunks, swarm in the corridors.
    2. A box or chest usually covered with leather, metal, or cloth, or sometimes made of leather, hide, or metal, for holding or transporting clothes or other goods.
      • c. 1596, William Shakespeare, “The Life and Death of King Iohn”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene i]:
        To lie, like pawns, lock'd up in chests and trunks
    3. (US, Canada, automotive) The luggage storage compartment of a sedan/saloon style car; a boot
  3. (heading) A channel for flow of some kind.
    1. (US, telecommunications) A circuit between telephone switchboards or other switching equipment.
    2. A chute or conduit, or a watertight shaft connecting two or more decks.
    3. 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.
    4. (archaic) A long tube through which pellets of clay, peas, etc., are driven by the force of the breath. A peashooter
      • He shot sugarplums at them out of a trunk.
    5. (mining) A flume or sluice in which ores are separated from the slimes in which they are contained.
  4. (software engineering) In software projects under source control: the most current source tree, from which the latest unstable builds (so-called "trunk builds") are compiled.
  5. The main line or body of anything.
    the trunk of a vein or of an artery, as distinct from the branches
    1. (transport) A main line in a river, canal, railroad, or highway system.
    2. (architecture) The part of a pilaster between the base and capital, corresponding to the shaft of a column.
  6. 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.
  7. Shorts used for swimming (swim trunks).
  • (luggage storage compartment of a sedan/saloon style car) boot (UK, Aus), dicky (India)
  • (upright part of a tree) tree trunk
  • (nose of an elephant) proboscis
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Anschlusskabel, Amtsleitung, Amt, Verbindungskabel, Hauptleitung, Bündelleitung
  • Russian: магистра́ль

trunk (trunks, present participle trunking; past and past participle trunked)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To lop off; to curtail; to truncate.
    • Out of the trunked stock
  2. (transitive, mining) To extract (ores) from the slimes in which they are contained, by means of a trunk.

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