Main definitions of truck in US English:

: truck1truck2

truck1

noun

  • 1A large, heavy motor vehicle used for transporting goods, materials, or troops.

    • ‘Wide-bodied vehicles such as trucks, occupy the full lane while moving, whereas smaller, two- or three-wheel vehicles can travel side by side in one lane.’
    • ‘Beyond the slip road was a vast junction of roads where cars and trucks hurtled along totally oblivious to our presence.’
    • ‘Because this road is used by so many commercial vehicles, many trucks pass along the road each day.’
    • ‘Share the road safely with large trucks and commercial vehicles.’
    • ‘On the right side of the road was a truck tipped over that was carrying soda.’
    • ‘The ban aims to regulate the movements of trucks and vans on major roads, while designating alternative truck routes.’
    • ‘We expected to see great convoys of lorries and trucks emblazoned with UN initials juddering down the coastal road bearing relief and building materials.’
    • ‘The MoD has ordered 348 tanker trucks to carry fuel and water along roads to frontline troops.’
    • ‘The highway roads carry cars and trucks from the suburbs into the city.’
    • ‘Since yesterday, we have seen a fair bit of traffic on the roads here and lorries and trucks carrying food, water, medicines.’
    • ‘The absence of the late night trucks and lorries will be a blessing for many.’
    • ‘Thousands of lorries and trucks are being forced into provincial towns for rest stops and catering services, defeating the purpose of bypassing towns in the first place.’
    • ‘Travelling by a separate route, a customised lorry, truck and trailer carry all our supplies, including 3,000 litres of water and a ton each of horse feed and firewood.’
    • ‘The community will simply not accept twice the number of trucks on the roads so we need a strategy to deal with the problem.’
    • ‘On Sunday the pallets were loaded on to a convoy of lorries, trucks and vans and taken to Stansted Airport near London where they were transferred to a plane bound for Sri Lanka.’
    • ‘One bomb destroyed a truck carrying troops, and the other went off in a ruined church where the survivors took cover.’
    • ‘You may even see your property taxes increase as towns have to pay more to keep their police cars, fire engines, and garbage trucks on the road.’
    • ‘A waste disposal lorry and a pick-up truck crashed on a narrow bridge, blocking a main road.’
    • ‘Along the road was a steady stream of trucks and lorries, piled high with belongings, from bedding and clothing to cement mixers and furniture.’
    • ‘This capability would reduce the number of trucks and troops traveling on the roads in all theaters of operations.’
    lorry, articulated lorry, heavy goods vehicle, juggernaut
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    1. 1.1British A railroad vehicle for carrying freight, especially a small open one.
      • ‘The locomotive and six trucks are lying alongside the tracks after crashing into boulders on the line.’
      • ‘In some European countries, if coal is transported in open railway trucks the top is sprayed with a solution of lime.’
      • ‘Graduating from high school in 1956, I went to work unloading freight from trucks and boxcars for $40 a week.’
      • ‘The plaintiff, who was on the defendants land as a licensee, was injured by the negligent shunting of railway trucks.’
      • ‘The second piece was considerably smaller, an L-shaped piece of steel which wooden boards would have slotted into to make the bottom and side of a railway truck.’
      • ‘The boxes are given to families many of whom are living in appalling conditions such as old railway trucks, buildings partly destroyed by shellfire and in extreme cases, sewers.’
      • ‘When I was a kid straight out of high school, I went to work for a large supply house unloading trucks and boxcars.’
      • ‘The bags were later loaded onto railway trucks and pulled by two teams of Clydesdale horses nearly six kilometres to the Stenhouse Bay jetty for loading into the waiting ships.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The four trucks derailed at 11.15 am when a locomotive was shunting 29 trucks backwards in preparation to leave for Johannesburg later.’
    2. 1.2 A low flat-topped cart used for moving heavy items.
      • ‘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.

    • ‘A bogie is a British railway term for a wheeled truck or frame under a long carriage or engine that can swivel to help the vehicle around curves.’
    • ‘They are 132 feet long and ride on three, four-wheel trucks.’
    • ‘Later versions used ‘bogies’ or special trucks in place of tires.’
    • ‘He has a line on a set of trucks - the wheels and suspension that a railcar rides on - that would fit his car.’
    • ‘This system uses specially reinforced and equipped highway trailers and ‘bogies’, or special trucks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Roller bearings were specified for the engine truck for reliability and ease of maintenance, and likewise a mechanical lubricator.’
    1. 2.1 Each of two axle units on a skateboard, to which the wheels are attached.
      • ‘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.

    • ‘The ensign is flown from the peak or truck of the mast, except when directed to be flown at hair-mast.’
    • ‘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 main lifting halyard uses a single revolving truck/pulley, while the yard arm and gaff halyards are suspended by marine grade stainless steel pulleys.’

verb

North American
  • 1with object and adverbial of direction Convey by truck.

    ‘the food was trucked to St. Petersburg’
    • ‘Expect to see higher prices on everything from food to clothing as trucking companies, railroads, and air transport companies pass on their increased cost of doing business.’
    • ‘That is taking a heavy toll on truckers and trucking companies.’
    • ‘Many refugees have become economically successful - they dominate Pakistan's trucking industry and have become prominent money-changers in the region.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The 1,000 Truck Campaign has enlisted the support of the commercial trucking industry to transform big rigs into rolling billboards for the Corps.’
    • ‘That means digging through the donated bins of marginal fruit to salvage plums or kiwis or oranges or broccoli, packing them in little bags, trucking them back for the people who can't afford fresh produce.’
    • ‘Employment in transportation, particularly the hard-hit airline and trucking industries, fell by 32,000 jobs.’
    • ‘Areas where psychologists can aid government include better trucking security and X-ray inspection of luggage and improved communication among agencies in emergencies.’
    • ‘Instead of making the ales at its own brewery in California and then impacting the environment by trucking them across the country, he says the company taps into unused capacity at three existing facilities.’
    • ‘Things have to be trucked around; services don't to nearly the same extent.’
    • ‘The first independent initiative required is an immediate bombing pause so food can be trucked in and delivered to the people.’
    • ‘Traditionally this product is trucked to landfills or incinerated.’
    • ‘Wireless usage is highest among trucking companies.’
    • ‘Prior to deregulation, trucking companies relied in large part on the owner-operators' ability to locate customers.’
    • ‘The sub-assemblies are done by suppliers in the logistics pre-assembly plant and the finished modules are trucked to the assembly facility.’
    • ‘At the same time, port officials say they are short-handed when it comes to unloading containers, and others involved in shipping say rail lines and trucking companies are also overextended.’
    • ‘So why can't trucking companies find enough truckers?’
    • ‘The heavy trucking industry has shown a lot of interest in the process.’
    • ‘A spokesperson from the Tasmanian trucking industry said members could not cope with the increased demand, while a federal study showed transport costs would jump 17%.’
    • ‘If he/she now has to expend the cost of trucking the merchandise to an auction hall and preparing it for auction, that means added costs for labor, and a delay on the return on the initial investment.’
    1. 1.1no object Drive a truck.
      • ‘He trucked for many years, hauling livestock and grain.’
      • ‘He later moved to Winnipeg where he trucked for Allied Van Lines for 36 years, travelling most of North America.’
    2. 1.2informal no object, with adverbial of direction Go or proceed in a casual or leisurely way.
      ‘he walked confidently behind them and trucked on through!’
      • ‘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 truckle in the sense ‘wheel, pulley’. The sense ‘wheeled vehicle’ dates from the late 18th century.

Pronunciation

truck

/trək//trək/

Main definitions of truck in US English:

: truck1truck2

truck2

noun

  • 1archaic Barter.

    • ‘The urge to barter and truck was strong enough to push goods over two thousand miles.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1historical The payment of workers in kind or with vouchers rather than money.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2archaic Small wares.

    1. 2.1informal Odds and ends.
  • 3North American Market-garden produce, especially vegetables.

    as modifier ‘a truck garden’
    • ‘Though he lives within the city limits of Longview, he has seven or eight acres of land on which he grows truck garden crops.’
    • ‘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
  • Barter or exchange.

    • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • have (or want) no truck with

    • Avoid or wish to avoid dealings or being associated with.

      ‘we have no truck with that style of gutter journalism’
      • ‘This means, among other things, having no truck with market research, PR companies, management consultants, etc.’
      • ‘The landlord has strict ideas about customer conduct and will likely have no truck with jugglers or squads of students handing out flyers.’
      • ‘Obviously society should have no truck with vexatious or spurious claims, but when people suffer damage to their lives or to their careers it is only equitable that they should be awarded adequate compensation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said: ‘We have no truck with anyone who supports violence.’’
      • ‘I have no truck with anyone who uses violence, death or destruction to advance their position.’
      • ‘Teenagers, especially, have no truck with things joyful.’
      • ‘Personally I would have no truck with the armed tradition.’
      • ‘And this is why most sensible men will have no truck with such foolishness.’
      dealings, association, contact, communication, connection, relations, intercourse
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

truck

/trək//trək/