Definition of trailer in English:



  • 1An unpowered vehicle towed by another, in particular.

    1. 1.1The rear section of an articulated lorry.
      ‘forty lorry trailers loaded with fish’
      • ‘Another dangerous situation to be avoided at all cost is to find yourself in the nearside lane being very slowly overtaken by a lorry and trailer that is moving across your path!’
      • ‘Tow hitches come in varying classes to match the weight capacities of the vehicle and the gross trailer weight, known as the GTW.’
      • ‘In fact the main thrust of the argument centred around the lorry trailer and those caravans on the site in use for agricultural purposes.’
      • ‘Under this suspension, the Spanish Royal Guard is now authorized to enter and search the trailers and vehicles of any citizen.’
      • ‘Then France, driving an articulated lorry and trailer, ploughed into the rear of the van, then collided with the parked Range Rover.’
      • ‘Lorries and unaccompanied trailers were prevented from being loaded onto ferries, but passengers were allowed to board.’
      • ‘It has a fleet of over 400 heavy goods vehicle, 900 trailers and 200 vans.’
      • ‘According to a police spokesman, the driver lost control of the vehicle after his tar-laden trailer began fishtailing.’
      • ‘Motorists are being enlisted to help fight a ‘rash’ of adverts appearing on lorry trailers parked in fields across the English countryside.’
      • ‘Griffith punched in the codes and the back door of the trailer opened.’
      • ‘The ferry companies have begun using special carbon-dioxide detectors to test for exhaled breath in lorry trailers.’
      • ‘The lorry's trailer was badly damaged in the incident but the driver is not believed to have been hurt.’
      • ‘The top end of the lorry's trailer was left hanging over the back of the car, which had to be cut out by firemen.’
      • ‘Police are believed to have recovered one lorry trailer which had been abandoned by the gang early on Monday.’
      • ‘The haulage depot's planning permission allowed a maximum of 14 heavy goods vehicles and 12 trailers.’
      • ‘The gang broke the padlock to a trailer attached to a lorry and removed four boxes of cigarettes and tobacco worth approximately £10,000.’
      • ‘The nearside trailer wheels of the articulated lorry lifted six inches from the road surface and the load leaned to the offside and into the next carriageway.’
      • ‘Police have now found all the lorries and trailers, but all the chocolate, wine and beer is missing.’
      • ‘The three who died were sitting at the back, and took the full impact when part of the lorry trailer became embedded in the coach.’
      • ‘The whole purpose of the loading and unloading mechanism fitted to the vehicle was that only the push of a button was required to move the containers in and out of the trailer of the vehicle.’
    2. 1.2An open cart.
      ‘a farm trailer hauled by a tractor’
      • ‘The marina is so large that several golf carts with trailers are driven around all day to move people and gear to and from the parking lot.’
      • ‘The fire started in a manure heap on their farm, engulfed a trailer and looked set to spread along the stable block.’
      • ‘For this trip I planned to put our luggage in a small trailer and leave the backseat open so Ray could stretch out during the long driving days.’
      • ‘An electric golf cart with both passenger and flatbed trailers waited on the cul-de-sac.’
      • ‘Modes of transport included donkey and cart, car and trailer and even the humble wheel-barrow.’
      • ‘These days, trailers had open tops, passengers got on and off sidelong, and the conductor moved around on a special step.’
      • ‘In the early days farmers would bring their churn of milk to the Creamery by what ever means was available to them, horse and cart, donkey and cart or tractor and trailer.’
      • ‘Besides more room to load, still being a farmer at heart I like to have trailers usable for many purposes, like hauling hay and helping the kids move out.’
      • ‘The Land Rover was hauling a trailer with a car on it.’
      • ‘When sawn, the lumber can be loaded onto the trailer and hauled anywhere you like.’
      • ‘‘The owner had parked her vehicle with the trailer on the back and was unloading hay to feed her horses in a nearby field,’ he said.’
      • ‘Fans stood on the hillside charting the races in the fields below through binoculars, while stewards watched from a farm trailer.’
      • ‘The farmers in vehicles towing trailers will hold a silent protest starting at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, at midday on August 2.’
      • ‘Two large tractor units pulling trailers are understood to have collided on flat, open sands, four miles off the coast with no other vehicles in the immediate area.’
      • ‘A big bonfire and torchlight lit the night sky as the team made their way on to the open trailer.’
      • ‘The resort guests seated themselves in the passenger trailer immediately behind the cart.’
    3. 1.3A platform for transporting a boat.
      • ‘While moving a boat on a trailer, a group of us sustained electrical injuries when the mast hit a high tension power line.’
      • ‘The company can also build trailers to suit each boat for easy transport.’
      • ‘Perhaps one day we will sail our boats up the Thames or take our boats on trailers into the centre of London and cause havoc the way the French do.’
      • ‘Gary said he hoped river rescues might follow, as the vessel can be transported on a trailer.’
      • ‘Officers spotted the car, which was towing a speed boat on a trailer, being driven erratically.’
      • ‘Similarly, where boats are kept on trailers without wheel clamps, and disappear in the night, you can kiss goodbye to a claim.’
      • ‘Being able to hitch a boat to the trailer - that separates the strong frame trailers from the weak frames.’
      • ‘They learn how to fish, including how to bait the hook, tie knots and rig tackle, even back up a trailer and dock a boat.’
      • ‘All boats and their trailers are obliged to have a Certificate of European Conformity to guarantee the validity of their insurance.’
      • ‘Use rope or chain to secure your boat to a trailer.’
      • ‘The front wheels are narrower than any 4x4 wheels, as are those of the boat trailer which is being towed.’
      • ‘Furthermore, the insurance should cover the boat, the motor, and the trailer used to transport the boat.’
      • ‘Boaters with surge brakes on their boat trailers have cause to be concerned about the legality of their braking system.’
      • ‘The demasted yacht was subsequently hoisted on to a trailer and transported back to France by road.’
      • ‘Road ends do not have boat ramps, nor is there sufficient water to launch a boat from a trailer at most road ends.’
      • ‘Arriving at the waterside, I would transfer to the boat, then Allan would back the trailer into the water, climb aboard and drive the boat off the trailer.’
      • ‘The feeling was apparently shared by a myriad of other travellers, some pulling boats on trailers, others riding on their motorcycles.’
      • ‘The course is being designed with the practicalities surrounding the towing of boat trailers in mind.’
    4. 1.4North American A caravan.
      • ‘In addition to the cash assistance, we set up over 43,000 mobile homes and travel trailers.’
      • ‘In California, huge mudslides destroyed seven trailers in a mobile home park.’
      • ‘Put some travel trailers or mobile homes in some train yards and arrange for food and other needed goods to be brought to the communities of train workers.’
      • ‘My neighbors on the land live in straw-bale homes, tents, trailers, camper vans and handcrafted woodframe houses.’
      • ‘Some policies do not cover trailers and caravans.’
      mobile home, camper, caravanette
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  • 2A series of extracts from a film or broadcast, used for advance publicity.

    ‘terrific trailers for mediocre movies’
    • ‘Top it all off with a commercial for the Broadway soundtrack and a series of studio trailers, and you have one fine presentation.’
    • ‘The DVD doesn't cost much, and if you like trailers you're in heaven here.’
    • ‘Aside from the trailers and featurette, disc two is devoted to storyboards.’
    • ‘This site contains theatrical trailers for feature films.’
    • ‘We're offered five trailers and a seven-minute featurette, and nothing more.’
    • ‘I saw the teaser trailer when it first came out.’
    • ‘One trailer available on the original release of the film is not included here, but to no great loss.’
    • ‘Spoilers are everywhere - in publicity articles, in trailers, and in movie reviews.’
    • ‘Each disc contains radio broadcasts, a trailer, and a short photo gallery.’
    • ‘Both sides had the same special feature: original trailers for the film.’
    • ‘Extras include a treasure trove of promotional spots and trailers from both the series and the feature film.’
    • ‘Extras are slim, with only a trailer and an eight-minute featurette on the making of the film.’
    • ‘You'll also find an original trailer for this film as well as trailers for the two sequels.’
    • ‘Both the featurette and the film's widescreen theatrical trailer appear on the pan-and-scan side of the platter.’
    • ‘For those who haven't seen the movie trailers, go straight to the cinema.’
    • ‘The film's original theatrical trailer is also included.’
    • ‘There is a very complete biography of Alec Guinness and the theatrical trailer for the film.’
    • ‘Also included on this disc is an anamorphic theatrical trailer for the film.’
    • ‘Users can also watch movie trailers and order tickets for cinemas.’
  • 3A thing that trails, especially a trailing plant.

    • ‘In the largest ones, I usually include one or two flags, two or three fillers, one or two contrast and accent plants, and two or three trailers and weavers.’
    • ‘For trailers and climbers, ivy variants are excellent and come in a range of colours.’
    climbing plant, trailing plant
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  • 1Give advance publicity to (a film, broadcast, or proposal) by releasing extracts or selected details.

    ‘the series has already been heavily trailered’
    • ‘The government's review of energy policy, which has been widely trailered as backing new nuclear power stations, might end up rejecting them.’
    • ‘The drama has been heavily trailered on the main channels, focusing on the shocking behaviour of one of the younger detectives, but there is more to it than that.’
    publicize, make public, make known, give publicity to, bill, post, announce, broadcast, proclaim, trumpet, shout from the rooftops, give notice of, call attention to, promulgate
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  • 2Transport (something) by trailer.

    ‘the aircraft is easy to trailer and will fit into any garage’
    • ‘Neither horse had been trailered, the trailer was rented, etc.’
    • ‘You avoid the cost of a slip or spending time trailering a boat.’
    • ‘If your boat is in the water and cannot be trailered, move it offshore to waters over 200 fathoms deep as soon as a Tsunami Warning is declared.’
    • ‘The sloop was later trailered to Ossining, N.Y., and berthed immediately south of Sing Sing Prison.’
    • ‘One of the bikes - which was trailered into town - was a Model H.’
    • ‘If you can trailer your boat, make sure you store it at a location with an elevation at least 10 feet above expected high water.’
    • ‘We'll also soon be unveiling a new program for boaters who trailer their boats.’
    • ‘We trailer the boat west to a small harbour at Skerray and encounter a slight problem.’
    • ‘If you're not trailering a boat, if you're not pulling a couple of horses, you're not going mud bogging, you probably don't need that full size SUV.’
    • ‘In Seattle, they found a 1968 Fiat 850 Spyder that had been converted to electric, trailered it home to Spokane and tore it apart in their garage.’
    • ‘This helpful tank holds up to 5 gallons and allows you to flush water out and pump antifreeze into the system - even while trailered.’
    • ‘They are not allowed to trailer their own boats, so they must join up with other schools such as St. Thomas in order to travel to regattas.’
    • ‘If you trailer your boat to inland waters, you can unknowingly transport invasive species from one waterbody to another.’
    • ‘Many of the burn units are mobile and can be trailered to different areas if necessary.’
    • ‘I've not in my many decades driven a better trailering vehicle.’
    • ‘If his stable is a long way from the field, trailer him home rather than making him walk’
    • ‘You can also trailer your horse over to a friend's or a trainer's and ride different fences.’