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Syllabification: truck
Pronunciation: /trək
 
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noun

1A large, heavy motor vehicle used for transporting goods, materials, or troops.
Example sentences
  • Since yesterday, we have seen a fair bit of traffic on the roads here and lorries and trucks carrying food, water, medicines.
  • The highway roads carry cars and trucks from the suburbs into the city.
  • A waste disposal lorry and a pick-up truck crashed on a narrow bridge, blocking a main road.
1.1British A railroad vehicle for carrying freight, especially a small open one.
Example sentences
  • Graduating from high school in 1956, I went to work unloading freight from trucks and boxcars for $40 a week.
  • In some European countries, if coal is transported in open railway trucks the top is sprayed with a solution of lime.
  • From here the visitors were taken outside to the railway siding where railway trucks would deliver the raw materials and despatch the completed wireless telegraphy equipment.
1.2A low flat-topped cart used for moving heavy items.
Example sentences
  • Here we discuss an accident that occurred in a warehouse due to the negligence of a forklift truck driver.
  • We offer a range of warehouse equipment, including reach trucks, stackers, powered pallet trucks, order pickers and turret trucks.
  • Your job as a forklift truck operator would be to load and unload goods deliveries, and move them to and from storage areas in a warehouse or depot.
2An undercarriage with four to six wheels pivoted beneath the end of a railroad car.
Example sentences
  • He has a line on a set of trucks - the wheels and suspension that a railcar rides on - that would fit his car.
  • It was discouraging to find that even in the lightweight era a set of trucks weighed nearly 10 tons each and equaled one-third of the car's total weight.
  • This car rides on a set of trucks built by the ERRS.
2.1Each of two axle units on a skateboard, to which the wheels are attached.
Example sentences
  • Then Luke built our four-man skateboard by putting trucks on the bottom of a plank of plywood.
  • The axle of the truck is a rod the goes from one end of the hangar to the other and sticks out on both sides.
  • I ride for Seek skateboards, Nike, Venture trucks, Gold wheels, and Traffic clothing.
3A wooden disk at the top of a ship’s mast or flagstaff, with sheaves for signal halyards.
Example sentences
  • The main lifting halyard uses a single revolving truck/pulley, while the yard arm and gaff halyards are suspended by marine grade stainless steel pulleys.
  • First, the sheaves at the masthead truck will need to be replaced because they're wire-sized and the new rope halyard will have a larger diameter.
  • The ensign is flown from the peak or truck of the mast, except when directed to be flown at hair-mast.

verb

[with object] chiefly North American Back to top  
1Convey by truck: the food was trucked to St. Petersburg (as noun trucking) industries such as trucking
More example sentences
  • The heavy trucking industry has shown a lot of interest in the process.
  • The first independent initiative required is an immediate bombing pause so food can be trucked in and delivered to the people.
  • In keeping with his relatively conservative economic philosophy, he deregulated the airline and trucking industries and took steps to decontrol the prices of natural gas and oil.
1.1 [no object] Drive a truck.
Example sentences
  • He later moved to Winnipeg where he trucked for Allied Van Lines for 36 years, travelling most of North America.
  • He trucked for many years, hauling livestock and grain.
1.2 [no object] informal Go or proceed, especially in a casual or leisurely way: he walked confidently behind them and trucked on through!
More example sentences
  • He trucked on through the grass to the fans lining the sides and made sure that each person that wanted a picture or an autograph got one.
  • We trucked on through, and made it back....but it was not a pretty sight.

Origin

Middle English (denoting a solid wooden wheel): perhaps short for truckle1 in the sense 'wheel, pulley' The sense 'wheeled vehicle' dates from the late 18th century.

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  • The truck that is a large road vehicle originally meant ‘a wheel or pulley’, and may be a shortening of truckle (Late Middle English), which once had the same sense but now only refers to a small barrel-shaped cheese. It came from Latin trochlea ‘wheel of a pulley’. To have (or want) no truck with, meaning ‘to avoid dealings with’, has no connection with the transportation of goods; here truck is from French troquer ‘to barter’. Since the 1920s US English truck has had the slang sense ‘to move or proceed’. Keep on truckin’ was the caption, first used in 1967, of a series of cartoons by the US artist Robert Crumb. See also juggernaut

Derivatives

truckage

1
noun
Example sentences
  • The future of truckage companies lies in providing a more efficient and cost effective transport service.
  • We are able to handle variety type of cargoes and we provide the most comprehensive truckage routing and costing programs to suit your needs.
  • Throughout the volume, there are more general accounts of the form for merchandise, bills receivable and payable, cash, profit and loss, storage, and truckage.

Words that rhyme with truck

buck, Canuck, chuck, cluck, cruck, duck, fuck, luck, muck, pluck, puck, ruck, schmuck, shuck, struck, stuck, suck, tuck, upchuck, yuck

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truck2

Syllabification: truck
Pronunciation: /trək
 
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noun

1 archaic Barter.
Example sentences
  • Following Adam Smith, humans have a natural tendency to barter, truck, and trade.
  • There was little currency available so that payment in kind, barter and truck were widespread.
  • The urge to barter and truck was strong enough to push goods over two thousand miles.
1.1chiefly historical The payment of workers in kind or with vouchers rather than money.
Example sentences
  • The Commissioners inquired into the truck system and how it applied to mining, and collected information on the arrestment of wages, which was considered just as injurious to the working-class in Scotland.
  • Following a petition of some west-country weavers, an Act was passed in 1702 forbidding the payment of wages in truck.
  • Payment of wages in "truck" was abolished.
2chiefly archaic Small wares.
2.1 informal Odds and ends.
3North American Market-garden produce, especially vegetables: [as modifier]: a truck garden
More example sentences
  • Farmers sold vegetables from their truck gardens at harvest time.
  • Later they tried organic truck crop production on the Frey farm, but this was difficult, being so far from urban areas.
  • There are fruit trees and a little truck garden.

verb

[with object] archaic Back to top  
Barter or exchange.
Example sentences
  • Usually it is the male members of the family who walk or transport the buffaloes into Bolu; it is men who purchase and who truck, barter and exchange the buffaloes.

Origin

Middle English (as a verb): probably from Old French, of unknown origin; compare with medieval Latin trocare.

More
  • The truck that is a large road vehicle originally meant ‘a wheel or pulley’, and may be a shortening of truckle (Late Middle English), which once had the same sense but now only refers to a small barrel-shaped cheese. It came from Latin trochlea ‘wheel of a pulley’. To have (or want) no truck with, meaning ‘to avoid dealings with’, has no connection with the transportation of goods; here truck is from French troquer ‘to barter’. Since the 1920s US English truck has had the slang sense ‘to move or proceed’. Keep on truckin’ was the caption, first used in 1967, of a series of cartoons by the US artist Robert Crumb. See also juggernaut

Phrases

have (or want) no truck with

1
Avoid or wish to avoid dealings or being associated with: we have no truck with that style of gutter journalism
More example sentences
  • It suggests that speedy determination is something that future generations may not thank us for, and something that more thoughtful, mainstream architects should have no truck with.
  • This means, among other things, having no truck with market research, PR companies, management consultants, etc.
  • The junior minister had only just been telling us that she was having no truck with those that would claim ignorance at this stage of the game.

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