• Two girls looking thoughtful; one of them is sitting on a clothes trunk
    Two girls looking thoughtful; one of them is sitting on a clothes trunk
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Trunkful As much as a trunk will hold; enough to fill a trunk.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Packing the go abroady trunk Packing the go abroady trunk
Watt's Half-Trunk Engine Watt's Half-Trunk Engine
Section of the Trunk Section of the Trunk
The elephant kneels after the dog bites its trunk The elephant kneels after the dog bites its trunk
flicker on tree trunk by hole flicker on tree trunk by hole
three nuthatches in tree, two of them upside down on trunk three nuthatches in tree, two of them upside down on trunk

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: African Baobab tree's circumference can reach 180 feet. If the trunk is hollow, 20 people would be able to fit inside of it.
    • n trunkful As much as a trunk will hold.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 1,600 people in North America have been victims of trunk entrapment (being locked inside of a car trunk)
    • Trunkful as much as will fill a trunk
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  • Lao-Tzu
    “A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. tronc—L. truncus, a stock—truncus, maimed.


In literature:

Roger delayed long enough to get Ernest's rifle out of his trunk.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
Turning sharply to the right, the bear's eager eyes discovered the trunk of a hemlock which had been blasted by lightning.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
It was, however, only the custom house, where the trunks and passports were to be examined.
"Rollo in Switzerland" by Jacob Abbott
He crawled along the trunk of a tree and unexpectedly came upon the monkey.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
Then he had the trunk taken away, bid his aunt good-by, and was off.
"From Farm to Fortune" by Horatio Alger Jr.
In a few minutes the hatches were opened on board the vessel, and the sailors began to hoist out the trunks.
"Rollo in Paris" by Jacob Abbott
In the middle were hooks in the trunk-beams for the caster and the lantern.
"The Yacht Club" by Oliver Optic
The contents of drawers and trunks had been dumped to the floor and writing portfolios overhauled.
"The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp" by Katherine Stokes
Steve sat astride the trunk facing him.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
The one discovered by Brace and myself had a trunk of full a hundred feet girth.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
Maybe we'll save that trunk after all.
"Billie Bradley at Three Towers Hall" by Janet D. Wheeler
If an additional exercise is desired, by commanding: =CIRCLE TRUNK RIGHT or LEFT= a combination of the above trunk exercises is obtained.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
When he reached his room, he kneeled down before his trunk and unlocked it.
"Stuyvesant" by Jacob Abbott
Why, he'll get around with fancy clothes and suitcases and trunks.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
As packing a trunk is usually the first preparation for a trip, we will begin with that.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. V, August, 1878, No 10." by Various
I'm going out in that trunk!
"In And Out" by Edgar Franklin
Otto crept to the trunk.
"The Crimson Sweater" by Ralph Henry Barbour
This ratio of trunks to lines is, however, readily varied by multipling the trunk contacts of several twenty-five line groups together.
"Cyclopedia of Telephony and Telegraphy, Vol. 2" by Kempster Miller
As there was nothing to be done about it, Angus went for Kathleen's trunk.
"The Land of Strong Men" by Arthur M. Chisholm
There was a laundress working there that afternoon, and I remember she told me she had had a trunk sent to the trunk-room.
"Brenda's Ward" by Helen Leah Reed

In poetry:

All his leaves
Fall'n at length,
Look, he stands,
Trunk and bough
Naked strength.
"The Oak" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Lights go out
And the stark trunks of the factories
Melt into the drawn darkness,
Sheathing like a seamless garment.
"The Ghetto" by Lola Ridge
Until his careful father took
A birding trunk in sport,
And with one blast, blew this his son
Into king Arthur's court.
"The Life And Death Of Tom Thumb" by Anonymous British
High as his trunk the man can bear,
Th' astonish'd man he bore,
Who vainly struggled in the air,
And trembled more and more.
"The Elephant" by William Hayley
Twice the sun had mounted, twice had sunk,
Ere his ears took sound; he lay for dead;
Mountain on his trunk,
Ocean on his head.
"King Harald's Trance" by George Meredith
Look on the forests' ancient kings,
The hemlock's towering pride
Yon trunk had thrice a hundred rings,
And fell before it died.
"After A Lecture On Wordsworth" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Studebaker hosts trunk or treat event.
Witnesses reportedly told police they heard the puppy whimpering in the trunk of 30-year-old Juan Chavira's vehicle in Lubbock.
Lubbock police say they found the dog covered in blood in the trunk of Juan Chavira's car.
Pretty big Spring Sale at Dari Rasa Trunk Show in downtown Bozeman.
The camera-shy, elusive W. Axl Rose agreed to a sit down with Eddie Trunk and co.
A dot tank is paired with long trunks from girltrunks, reinvented swimwear by Debbie Kuhn.
Were you seen at Nederland Trunk or Treat.
Do you want a total body strength and conditioning system that will fit in the trunk of a compact car.
The Neil Young Trunk Show film captures the man rockin' out.
Next time you visit grandma and grandpa you might want advise them not to buy "pretty plants" from a dude selling them out of the trunk of his car.
An Indian jeweler's trunk show.
Neil Young Trunk Show Directed by Jonathan Demme Abramorama Opens March 19, Sunshine Cinema.
Imagine getting a flat tire, popping the trunk to find your spare, and instead you find nothing.
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera Rs Trunk.
Photos and statement released in New Carlise trunk accident.

In science:

We denote by SetD(X ) the category whose ob jects are these trunk maps, and whose morphisms are natural transformations.
Rack and quandle homology
The trunk and supertrunk also give rough estimations on the width and 3-width.
Waist and trunk of knots
Then the trunk of k , denoted by trunk(k), is defined by trunk(k) = max{|(π ◦ ϕ|k )−1 (y )||y ∈ R}.
Multiplicity of a space over another space
The trunk of an oriented knot type K , denoted by trunk(K ), is defined to be the minimum of trunk(k) where k varies over all oriented knots in S3 in general position whose oriented knot type is K .
Multiplicity of a space over another space
In it is shown that for any natural number n, there exist an oriented knot type K with trunk(K ) ≥ n.
Multiplicity of a space over another space
For example, it is a fair statement that, just as the trunk is a more rigid structure than the branches, so is the fabric of mathematical reasoning stronger (and tougher) than the flexible format of reasoning in physics.
Mathematics : The Language of Science
We should take r to be the radius of the trunk at the height of the skull branch.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug
The L1 stream, similar to an elephant trunk is visible but the accretion disc is not well resolved.
Gas flow in close binary star systems
Fig.18. (L) Dynamic evolution trunks with nesting on them clusters of bifurcation points, reaction A+B=cC, varying η, π and c (νp).
Discrete Thermodynamics of Chemical Equilibria
The circle in the smaller cone should be equal to the one in the top of the trunk.
Dream of a Christmas lecture
Each of these trees contains just one maximal infinite chain, the ‘trunk’, to which are attached infinitely many finite ‘twigs’.
Some aspects of profinite group theory
For each tree T as above and each natural number m, let T [m] denote the ‘pruned tree’ obtained from T by removing all vertices whose distance from the trunk exceeds m.
Some aspects of profinite group theory
Sanderson: Trunks and classifying spaces, Appl.
New Invariants of Long Virtual Knots
HH 555 is a bipolar jet emerging from the tip of an elephant trunk embedded in the nebula.
Numerical Simulations of HH 555
From close to the tip of the elephant trunk, a bipolar outflow is injected, with an axis at an angle to the impinging, ionizing flux.
Numerical Simulations of HH 555