Meaning of TRUCK in English


Function: noun

Etymology: probably back-formation from truckle small wheel ― more at TRUCKLE BED

Date: 1611

1 : a small wheel specifically : a small strong wheel for a gun carriage

2 : a small wooden cap at the top of a flagstaff or masthead usually having holes for reeving flag or signal halyards

3 : a wheeled vehicle for moving heavy articles: as a : a strong horse-drawn or automotive vehicle (as a pickup) for hauling b : a small barrow consisting of a rectangular frame having at one end a pair of handles and at the other end a pair of small heavy wheels and a projecting edge to slide under a load ― called also hand truck c : a small heavy rectangular frame supported on four wheels for moving heavy objects d : a small flat-topped car pushed or pulled by hand e : a shelved stand mounted on casters f : an automotive vehicle with a short chassis equipped with a swivel for attaching a trailer and used especially for the highway hauling of freight also : a truck with attached trailer

4 a British : an open railroad freight car b : a swiveling carriage consisting of a frame with one or more pairs of wheels and springs to carry and guide one end (as of a railroad car) in turning sharp curves

– truck · ful \ - ˌ fu ̇ l \ noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.