Definition of semitrailer in English:

semitrailer

noun

North American
  • 1A trailer having wheels at the back but supported at the front by a towing vehicle.

    • ‘The first place winner was Tridekon, a company based in Eden that has developed a hydraulically-driven, telescoping swing auger for unloading grain from semi-trailers.’
    • ‘In the state of Queensland, unrestricted access to the entire network is provided to vehicles such as standard semi-trailer combinations.’
    • ‘For the purposes of this Convention, ‘vehicles’ means motor vehicles, articulated vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers as defined in article 4 of the Convention on Road Traffic dated 19th September 1949.’
    • ‘The long main road between Montreal and Quebec City is the Jean LeSage Autoroute, a poorly-maintained epic of a straight four-lane highway crowded with huge transport vehicles, especially semi-trailers with loads of logs.’
    • ‘When the Chees moved to Lismore in 1988 they brought with them two semi-trailers full of bonsai trees, which they have planted out in quarter acre block on their property.’
    1. 1.1 A tractor-trailer.
      • ‘In the UK, the term juggernaut is sometimes used for especially large articulated lorries, whilst the term ‘semitrailer’ is almost unknown.’
      • ‘In addition to his sporadic military recruitment career, Jackson once worked in a Colorado Springs factory making hand tools for Sears, Roebuck & Co. and had rambling adventures as the owner-operator of a semitrailer truck..’
      • ‘In fact, ‘fishing’ is hardly the accurate term to describe what some harvesters do; during mating season, they drive semitrailer trucks along the beach and heave the invertebrates in by the thousands.’

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