trunk

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trunk
Definition
Noun 
The (usually single) upright part of a tree, between the roots and the branches: the tree trunk.
Etymology
Noun 
The torso.
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Noun 
The extended and articulated nose or nasal organ of an elephant.
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Noun 
The proboscis of an insect.
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Noun 
A large suitcase, usually requiring two persons to lift and with a hinged lid.
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(heading) A container.
Noun 
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.
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(heading) A container.
Noun 
Canada(CA)
The luggage storage compartment of a sedan/saloon style car.
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US, Canada, automotive
Noun 
Telecommunications
A circuit between telephone switchboards or other switching equipment.
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US, telecommunications
Noun 
A chute or conduit, or a watertight shaft connecting two or more decks.
Etymology
Noun 
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.
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Noun 
Archaic
A long tube through which pellets of clay, pas, etc., are driven by the force of the breath.
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archaic
Noun 
A flume or sluice in which ores are separated from the slimes in which they are contained.
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mining
Noun 
Engineering
In software projects under source control: the most current source tree, from which the latest unstable builds (so-called "trunk builds") are compiled.
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software engineering, jargon
Noun 
A main line in a river, canal, railroad, or highway system.
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transport
Noun 
The part of a pilaster between the base and capital, corresponding to the shaft of a column.
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architecture
Noun 
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.
Etymology
Noun 
Shorts used for swimming (swim trunks).
Etymology
Verb 
Obsolete
To lop off; to curtail; to truncate.
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obsolete
Verb 
To extract (ores) from the slimes in which they are contained, by means of a trunk.
Etymology
Meaning note
mining
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Etymology
From Middle English trunke, borrowed from Old French tronc ‎(“alms box, tree trunk, headless body”), from Latin truncus ‎(“a stock, lopped tree trunk”), from truncus ‎(“cut off, maimed, mutilated”). For the verb, compare French tronquer, and see truncate.
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