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Definition of Trunk


  1. The stem, or body, of a tree, apart from its limbs and roots; the main stem, without the branches; stock; stalk.
  2. The body of an animal, apart from the head and limbs.
  3. The main body of anything; as, the trunk of a vein or of an artery, as distinct from the branches.
  4. That part of a pilaster which is between the base and the capital, corresponding to the shaft of a column.
  5. 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. The proboscis of an elephant.
  7. The proboscis of an insect.
  8. A long tube through which pellets of clay, p/as, etc., are driven by the force of the breath.
  9. 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. A flume or sluice in which ores are separated from the slimes in which they are contained.
  11. 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. 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. To lop off; to curtail; to truncate; to maim.
  14. To extract (ores) from the slimes in which they are contained, by means of a trunk. See Trunk, n., 9.

Trunk Quotations

From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow. - Aeschylus
From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.

Hope and purpose in this world is living as best as you can and maybe having life that gives back. But simply giving back isn't purpose; it's a branch of purpose, but it is not the trunk or root of the tree.
Nick Vujicic

Scientists are supposed to study animals in a totally objective fashion, similar to the way we inspect a rock or measure the circumference of a tree trunk. Emotions are not to interfere with the assessment. The animal-rights movement capitalizes on this perception, depicting scientists as devoid of compassion.
Frans de Waal

Trouble results when the speed of growth exceeds the speed of nurturing human resources. To use the analogy of growth rings in a tree, when unusually rapid growth caused the rings to grow abnormally thick, the tree trunk weakens and is easily broken.
Akio Toyoda

There's nothing sexy about skin and bone. You gotta have some junk in the trunk.
Amy Lee
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Trunk Translations

trunk in Afrikaans is koffer, stam
trunk in Danish is stamme, kuffert
trunk in Dutch is boomstam, stam
trunk in Finnish is matkalaukku
trunk in French is torse, souche, fuselage, tronc, malle
trunk in German is Amt {n}, Rumpf, Koffer, Koffer, Baumstamm
trunk in Italian is tronco, torso
trunk in Norwegian is kuffert
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