Definition of trailer in US English:

trailer

noun

  • 1An unpowered vehicle towed by another.

    1. 1.1 The rear section of a tractor-trailer.
      • ‘Motorists are being enlisted to help fight a ‘rash’ of adverts appearing on lorry trailers parked in fields across the English countryside.’
      • ‘The gang broke the padlock to a trailer attached to a lorry and removed four boxes of cigarettes and tobacco worth approximately £10,000.’
      • ‘Police have now found all the lorries and trailers, but all the chocolate, wine and beer is missing.’
      • ‘Police are believed to have recovered one lorry trailer which had been abandoned by the gang early on Monday.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In fact the main thrust of the argument centred around the lorry trailer and those caravans on the site in use for agricultural purposes.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘It has a fleet of over 400 heavy goods vehicle, 900 trailers and 200 vans.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tow hitches come in varying classes to match the weight capacities of the vehicle and the gross trailer weight, known as the GTW.’
      • ‘Lorries and unaccompanied trailers were prevented from being loaded onto ferries, but passengers were allowed to board.’
      • ‘The ferry companies have begun using special carbon-dioxide detectors to test for exhaled breath in lorry trailers.’
      • ‘The haulage depot's planning permission allowed a maximum of 14 heavy goods vehicles and 12 trailers.’
      • ‘Then France, driving an articulated lorry and trailer, ploughed into the rear of the van, then collided with the parked Range Rover.’
      • ‘The lorry's trailer was badly damaged in the incident but the driver is not believed to have been hurt.’
      • ‘According to a police spokesman, the driver lost control of the vehicle after his tar-laden trailer began fishtailing.’
      • ‘Under this suspension, the Spanish Royal Guard is now authorized to enter and search the trailers and vehicles of any citizen.’
      • ‘Griffith punched in the codes and the back door of the trailer opened.’
    2. 1.2 An open cart.
      • ‘These days, trailers had open tops, passengers got on and off sidelong, and the conductor moved around on a special step.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Land Rover was hauling a trailer with a car on it.’
      • ‘Modes of transport included donkey and cart, car and trailer and even the humble wheel-barrow.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An electric golf cart with both passenger and flatbed trailers waited on the cul-de-sac.’
      • ‘When sawn, the lumber can be loaded onto the trailer and hauled anywhere you like.’
      • ‘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 farmers in vehicles towing trailers will hold a silent protest starting at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, at midday on August 2.’
      • ‘Fans stood on the hillside charting the races in the fields below through binoculars, while stewards watched from a farm trailer.’
      • ‘The fire started in a manure heap on their farm, engulfed a trailer and looked set to spread along the stable block.’
    3. 1.3 A platform for transporting a boat.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The demasted yacht was subsequently hoisted on to a trailer and transported back to France by road.’
      • ‘Similarly, where boats are kept on trailers without wheel clamps, and disappear in the night, you can kiss goodbye to a claim.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Use rope or chain to secure your boat to a trailer.’
      • ‘Furthermore, the insurance should cover the boat, the motor, and the trailer used to transport the boat.’
      • ‘Being able to hitch a boat to the trailer - that separates the strong frame trailers from the weak frames.’
      • ‘Road ends do not have boat ramps, nor is there sufficient water to launch a boat from a trailer at most road ends.’
      • ‘The course is being designed with the practicalities surrounding the towing of boat trailers in mind.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Boaters with surge brakes on their boat trailers have cause to be concerned about the legality of their braking system.’
      • ‘Gary said he hoped river rescues might follow, as the vessel can be transported on a trailer.’
      • ‘While moving a boat on a trailer, a group of us sustained electrical injuries when the mast hit a high tension power line.’
      • ‘All boats and their trailers are obliged to have a Certificate of European Conformity to guarantee the validity of their insurance.’
      • ‘The front wheels are narrower than any 4x4 wheels, as are those of the boat trailer which is being towed.’
      • ‘Officers spotted the car, which was towing a speed boat on a trailer, being driven erratically.’
      • ‘The feeling was apparently shared by a myriad of other travellers, some pulling boats on trailers, others riding on their motorcycles.’
    4. 1.4North American An unpowered vehicle equipped for living in, typically used during vacations.
      • ‘He opened the trailer door for her without saying a word, which would be his entire strategy.’
      • ‘Daddy opens the trailer door and waves and says thank you for driving Willow home.’
      • ‘That could break the mold and then every star wants a 40-foot trailer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I might consider getting a double wide trailer or something.’
      • ‘He threw the door to the trailer open and jumped down the steps.’
      • ‘Some policies do not cover trailers and caravans.’
      • ‘My neighbors on the land live in straw-bale homes, tents, trailers, camper vans and handcrafted woodframe houses.’
      • ‘The door to the trailer opened and Paige walked in, she was smiling.’
      • ‘In addition to the cash assistance, we set up over 43,000 mobile homes and travel trailers.’
      • ‘Tara heard her mom straggle up the trailer's steps and open up the front door.’
      • ‘It's been called one of the great achievements of the new age, and a British magazine said it looked like a glorified house trailer.’
      • ‘As you drive along, you see these encampments that are filled with the media trailers, various media vehicles.’
      • ‘Dad heard a truck go by and opened a window in our trailer to lean out.’
      • ‘The door to his trailer opened suddenly to admit a dexterous middle-aged woman.’
      • ‘The trailer opened and a lady in her mid-thirties entered.’
      • ‘When he stopped breathing and she ran to her landlord's trailer to use the phone, she was hysterical.’
      • ‘Anyone who sees me at the track, shouldn't hesitate to ask me anything in regard to the silent killer; my trailer door is always open.’
      • ‘The vehicles range from trailers to self-propelled motor homes.’
      • ‘There was one terminal open and the bathroom was out back in a trailer.’
      • ‘Michelle didn't look particularly awake that morning, when Cami forced her trailer door open and waited for the dark-skinned girl to stumble out of the bathroom.’
      • ‘The door to his trailer slammed open and a blast of snow and wind preceded his large comrade.’
      mobile home, camper, caravanette
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  • 2An excerpt or series of excerpts from a movie or program used to advertise it in advance; a preview.

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

    • ‘For trailers and climbers, ivy variants are excellent and come in a range of colours.’
    • ‘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.’
    climbing plant, trailing plant
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Advertise (a movie or program) in advance by broadcasting excerpts or details.

    • ‘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.

    • ‘If you trailer your boat to inland waters, you can unknowingly transport invasive species from one waterbody to another.’
    • ‘If his stable is a long way from the field, trailer him home rather than making him walk’
    • ‘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'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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of the bikes - which was trailered into town - was a Model H.’
    • ‘Many of the burn units are mobile and can be trailered to different areas if necessary.’
    • ‘This helpful tank holds up to 5 gallons and allows you to flush water out and pump antifreeze into the system - even while trailered.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I've not in my many decades driven a better trailering vehicle.’
    • ‘Neither horse had been trailered, the trailer was rented, etc.’
    • ‘You can also trailer your horse over to a friend's or a trainer's and ride different fences.’
    • ‘The sloop was later trailered to Ossining, N.Y., and berthed immediately south of Sing Sing Prison.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You avoid the cost of a slip or spending time trailering a boat.’

Pronunciation

trailer

/ˈtrālər//ˈtreɪlər/