tractor-trailer
Truck Truck, n. [L. trochus an iron hoop, Gr. ? a wheel, fr. ? to run. See {Trochee}, and cf. {Truckle}, v. i.] 1. A small wheel, as of a vehicle; specifically (Ord.), a small strong wheel, as of wood or iron, for a gun carriage. [1913 Webster]

2. A low, wheeled vehicle or barrow for carrying goods, stone, and other heavy articles. [1913 Webster]

Goods were conveyed about the town almost exclusively in trucks drawn by dogs. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. (Railroad Mach.) A swiveling carriage, consisting of a frame with one or more pairs of wheels and the necessary boxes, springs, etc., to carry and guide one end of a locomotive or a car; -- sometimes called bogie in England. Trucks usually have four or six wheels. [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut.) (a) A small wooden cap at the summit of a flagstaff or a masthead, having holes in it for reeving halyards through. (b) A small piece of wood, usually cylindrical or disk-shaped, used for various purposes. [1913 Webster]

5. A freight car. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

6. A frame on low wheels or rollers; -- used for various purposes, as for a movable support for heavy bodies. [1913 Webster]

7. a motorized vehicle larger than an automobile with a compartment in front for the driver, behind which is a separate compartment for freight; esp. (a) such a vehicle with an inflexible body. (b) A vehicle with a short body and a support for attaching a trailer; -- also called a {tractor[4]}. (c) the combination of tractor and trailer, also called a {tractor-trailer} (a form of articulated vehicle); it is a common form of truck, and is used primarily for hauling freight on a highway. (d) a tractor with more than one trailer attached in a series. In Australia, often referred to as a {road train}. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • tractor-trailer — ☆ tractor trailer [trak′tərtrā′lər ] n. a combination of a TRACTOR (sense 2) and a trailer or semitrailer, used in trucking …   English World dictionary

  • tractor-trailer — tractor .trailer n AmE a large truck that has two parts, one small part in the front where the driver sits and a large part at the back where goods are carried …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tractor-trailer — tractor ,trailer noun count AMERICAN a large truck that pulls one or two TRAILERS (=long boxes used for storing products) …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tractor-trailer — A combination vehicle for hauling large volumes of mail. The operator must be licensed and authorized to drive this type of vehicle …   Glossary of postal terms

  • tractor-trailer — /trak teuhr tray leuhr/, n. a combination trucking unit consisting of a tractor hooked up to a full trailer or a semitrailer. Also called semitrailer, semitruck. Cf. rig1 (def. 10). * * * noun, pl ers [count] US : ↑semitrailer 2 * * * ˈtractor… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tractor-trailer — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms tractor trailer : singular tractor trailer plural tractor trailers American an articulated lorry …   English dictionary

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  • tractor trailer — noun a truck consisting of a tractor and trailer together • Syn: ↑trailer truck, ↑trucking rig, ↑rig, ↑articulated lorry, ↑semi • Hypernyms: ↑truck, ↑motortruck …   Useful english dictionary

  • tractor-trailer — noun A large truck consisting of an engine and cab section (the tractor) and a cargo carrying semi trailer or trailer. Syn: articulated lorry, semi …   Wiktionary

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