trunk line
noun Date: 1843 1. a transportation system (as an airline, railroad, or highway) handling long-distance through traffic 2. a. a main supply channel (as for gas or oil) b. trunk 5b

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  • Trunk line — Trunk Trunk, n. [F. tronc, L. truncus, fr. truncus maimed, mutilated; perhaps akin to torquere to twist wrench, and E. torture. Trunk in the sense of proboscis is fr. F. trompe (the same word as trompe a trumpet), but has been confused in English …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trunk line — trunk′ line n. 1) trs a major long distance transportation line 2) tgp trunk 7) • Etymology: 1850–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • trunk line — ☆ trunk line n. a main line of a railroad, canal, telephone system, etc …   English World dictionary

  • trunk line — Synonyms and related words: L, WATS, WATS line, branch, cable, cable railway, co ax, coaxial cable, cog railway, concentric cable, el, electric railway, elevated, elevated railway, embankment, feeder, feeder line, gravity operated railway, horse… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • trunk line — noun 1. line that is the main route on a railway • Syn: ↑trunk route • Hypernyms: ↑line, ↑railway line, ↑rail line 2. a telephone line connecting two exchanges directly • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • trunk line — The main line of a railroad. The main line of a public utility. See trunk railway …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • trunk line — 1. a major long distance transportation line. 2. trunk (def. 8). [1850 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • trunk line — /ˈtrʌŋk laɪn/ (say trungk luyn) noun 1. Telecommunications a telephone line or channel between two exchanges in different parts of a country or of the world, which is used to provide connections between subscribers making long distance calls. 2.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • trunk line — phone connection between cities, direct phone connection, main cable of a train …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Trunk line —   A main pipeline.   U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Information Administration s Energy Glossary …   Energy terms

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