1 [truhk]
any of various forms of vehicle for carrying goods and materials, usually consisting of a single self-propelled unit but also often composed of a trailer vehicle hauled by a tractor unit.
any of various wheeled frames used for transporting heavy objects.
Also called hand truck. a barrowlike frame with low wheels, a ledge at the bottom, and handles at the top, used to move heavy luggage, packages, cartons, etc.
a low, rectangular frame on which heavy boxes, crates, trunks, etc., are moved; a dolly.
a tiered framework on casters.
a group of two or more pairs of wheels in one frame, for supporting one end of a railroad car, locomotive, etc.
Movies. a dolly on which a camera is mounted.
British. a freight car having no top.
a small wooden wheel, cylinder, or roller, as on certain old-style gun carriages.
Nautical. a circular or square piece of wood fixed on the head of a mast or the top of a flagstaff, usually containing small holes for signal halyards.
verb (used with object)
to transport by truck.
to put on a truck.
dolly ( def 11 ).
verb (used without object)
to convey articles or goods on a truck.
to drive a truck.
dolly ( def 12 ).
of, pertaining to, or for a truck or trucks: a truck drive; truck tires.

1605–15; back formation from truckle wheel. See truckle2

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truck1 (trʌk)
1.  (Brit) a vehicle for carrying freight on a railway; wagon
2.  (US), (Canadian), (Austral) Also called (esp in Britain): lorry a large motor vehicle designed to carry heavy loads, esp one with a flat platform
3.  a frame carrying two or more pairs of wheels and usually springs and brakes, attached under an end of a railway coach, etc
4.  nautical
 a.  a disc-shaped block fixed to the head of a mast having sheave holes for receiving signal halyards
 b.  the head of a mast itself
5.  any wheeled vehicle used to move goods
6.  to convey (goods) in a truck
7.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) (intr) to drive a truck
[C17: perhaps shortened from truckle²]

truck2 (trʌk)
1.  commercial goods
2.  dealings (esp in the phrase have no truck with)
3.  commercial exchange
4.  archaic payment of wages in kind
5.  miscellaneous articles
6.  informal rubbish
7.  (US), (Canadian) vegetables grown for market
8.  archaic to exchange (goods); barter
9.  (intr) to traffic or negotiate
[C13: from Old French troquer (unattested) to barter, equivalent to Medieval Latin trocare, of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

"vehicle," 1611, "small wheel" (especially one on which the carriages of a ship's guns were mounted), probably from L. trochus "iron hoop," from Gk. trokhos "wheel," from trekhein "to run" (see truckle (n.)). Sense extended to "cart for carrying heavy loads" (1774), then
to "motor vehicle for carrying heavy loads" (1930), a shortened form of motor truck (1916). The verb, meaning "to convey on a truck," is recorded from 1809, from the noun. Verbal meaning "dance, move in a cool way," first attested 1935, from popular dance of that name in U.S., supposedly introduced at Cotton Club, 1933. Trucker is first attested 1853, "worker who moves loads using a cart;" the motorized version is from 1955, a shortening of truck driver (pre-1931). Truck stop is attested from 1961.

"to exchange, barter," early 13c., from O.N.Fr. troquer "to barter, exchange," from M.L. trocare "barter," of unknown origin. Rare before 1580. Sense of "have dealings with" is first recorded 1610s. The noun is first recorded 1550s, "act or practice of barter." Sense of "vegetables raised for market"
is from 1784, preserved in truck farm (1866).
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