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1. the main stem of a tree, usually thick and upright, covered with bark and having branches at some distance from the ground
2. Anatomy the body excluding the head, neck, and limbs; torso
3. the elongated prehensile nasal part of an elephant; proboscis
4. US and Canadian an enclosed compartment of a car for holding luggage, etc., usually at the rear
5. Anatomy the main stem of a nerve, blood vessel, etc.
6. Nautical a watertight boxlike cover within a vessel with its top above the waterline, such as one used to enclose a centreboard
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



the highly developed stem of ligneous plants, which is substantially thicker and taller than lateral branches. In trees with monopodial branching the trunk is the main axis that develops from the growing point of the sprout. In trees with sympodial branching the trunk is formed from successive secondary axes.

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What does it mean when you dream about a trunk?

The trunk of a tree may represent one’s inner sense of well-being and personality. A thick bark over a large, hefty trunk denotes a strong, rugged, and durable person. A thin, narrow, bark-free tree trunk suggests a highly sensitive but wiry individual. If the trunk is the long nose of an elephant, the dreamer may have a strong “nose for the news” and a very good memory. Alternatively an elephant’s trunk may have a phallic and sexual meaning. Finally, a trunk in the sense of an old-fashioned storage case may reveal the old memories and secrets to which the dreamer is clinging.

The Dream Encyclopedia, Second Edition © 2009 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.


The main mass of the human body, exclusive of the head, neck, and extremities; it is divided into thorax, abdomen, and pelvis.
The main stem of a tree.
A path over which information is transferred in a computer.
A telephone line connecting two central offices. Also known as trunk circuit.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


A shared communications channel between two points. Coined by the telephone industry, a trunk typically refers to a high-bandwidth, fiber-optic line between switching centers (central offices). Telephone trunks handle thousands of simultaneous voice and data signals, whereas telephone "lines" are the wires from the central office to the customer.

The term migrated to the information networking industry and may refer to a high-speed or medium-speed channel for data packets.

SIP Trunks
With the advent of voice over IP (VoIP), a SIP trunk is assigned by a SIP provider to a customer, and a single trunk supports one or more telephone numbers (see SIP trunking). See central office.
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Find ideas in these pages, then gather an armload of blazing branches or bring home a trunkful of gourds or pumpkins for decorating.
Never has couture featured thus in an Irish novel--a trunkful of iridescent silks, colored in otter and tourmaline and lapis, kid gloves and plumed bonnets, the language of the toilette.
Though an l 1-page bibliography, as well as acknowledgements to librarians and researchers in Kansas, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia indicate that Butler and Bakker supplemented the trunkful of papers considerably, Bakker comments in the Introduction that this book, "is an informal introduction to the colony, using a generalist's amiable approach" and, as such, it "is not designed to satisfy the technical requirements of sociologists, anthropologists, or historians, who might have an interest in American communes" (vii).
Like Jim's repression of his traumatic arrival to his grandparents' farm by wagon, Antonia's departure and return to Nebraska contain no accounts of travel by train, essentially remaining on the same road in and out of town, altered only by the conspicuous reduction from "three trunks" to one on the "front seat" and "another behind"--clearly, Antonia has lost more than a trunkful of possessions in Denver (301, 303).
Alan Ball, who must have a trunkful of P45s up in his attic, made a personal crusade of putting his reputation on the line up and down the country, but was largely associated with relegations.
cadence and a trunkful of allusions, historical and
Composer David Del Tredici recalls him later at the MacDowell Colony opening a trunkful of chains and leather goods Ralph had brought with him to lighten the somewhat starchy atmosphere of the New England arts colony during a two-month writing fellowship.
The lovers are Forest Whitaker, as Jackson, a big, bashful, sweet and innocent kid, and Robin Givens, as Imabelle, a smooth operator with a trunkful, instead of a heart, of gold.
"We have a trunkful of songs from that era," enthuses co-producer David Coffman, who has collaborated with director-choreographer Marion J.
When he left, he took a whole trunkful of ballets with production notes and choreographic scores based on Stepanov notation, designs, and other relevant material for mounting Petipa's old ballets as they were originally produced.
But Frans says, "At least they give you a warning before they charge." Once or twice a bull elephant tossed his head angrily or sprayed a trunkful of water or dust at him.
Winston was a banker who'd kept his ear to the tracks and split in the nick of time with a trunkful of other people's money.