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semitrailer

[sem-i-trey-ler] /ˈsɛm ɪˌtreɪ lər/
noun
1.
Also called semi. a detachable trailer for hauling freight, with wheels at the rear end, the forward end being supported by the rear of a truck tractor when attached.
Compare full trailer.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; semi- + trailer
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  • Permanent registration of trailer and semitrailer fleets.
  • The kingpin, a part of the fifth wheel connection, is the pivot point between the tractor and semitrailer.
British Dictionary definitions for semitrailer

semitrailer

/ˌsɛmɪˈtreɪlə/
noun
1.
a type of trailer or articulated lorry that has wheels only at the rear, the front end being supported by the towing vehicle
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