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truck

Vroom, vroom! A truck is a motorized vehicle on wheels—it's like a car, but bigger. Trucks are often used for hauling or transporting things.

What we call a truck in the U.S. is generally called a lorry in the U.K. Trucks vary in size from small pickups that aren't much larger than cars to 18-wheel semi-trailer trucks. These big trucks are built to transport heavy goods and are mostly powered by diesel fuel. Truck is also a verb, meaning "convey by truck" or "proceed leisurely." The Middle English root word means "wooden wheel."

Definitions of truck
  1. noun
    an automotive vehicle suitable for hauling
    synonyms: motortruck
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    dump truck, dumper, tip truck, tipper, tipper lorry, tipper truck
    truck whose contents can be emptied without handling; the front end of the platform can be pneumatically raised so that the load is discharged by gravity
    fire engine, fire truck
    any of various large trucks that carry firemen and equipment to the site of a fire
    dustcart, garbage truck
    a truck for collecting domestic refuse
    camion, lorry
    a large truck designed to carry heavy loads; usually without sides
    pickup, pickup truck
    a light truck with an open body and low sides and a tailboard
    sound truck
    a truck equipped with a loudspeaker and used for advertising
    tow car, tow truck, wrecker
    a truck equipped to hoist and pull wrecked cars (or to remove cars from no-parking zones)
    tractor
    a truck that has a cab but no body; used for pulling large trailers or vans
    articulated lorry, rig, semi, tractor trailer, trailer truck, trucking rig
    a truck consisting of a tractor and trailer together
    car transporter, transporter
    a long truck for carrying motor vehicles
    van
    a truck with an enclosed cargo space
    bookmobile
    a van with shelves of books; serves as a mobile library or bookstore
    delivery truck, delivery van, panel truck
    a van suitable for delivering goods or services to customers
    aerial ladder truck, ladder truck
    a fire engine carrying ladders
    laundry truck
    van that picks up and delivers laundry
    milk float
    a van (typically powered by electricity) with an open side that is used to deliver milk to houses
    moving van
    a van used for moving home or office furniture
    passenger van
    a van that carries passengers
    black Maria, paddy wagon, patrol wagon, police van, police wagon, wagon
    van used by police to transport prisoners
    tandem trailer
    trucking rig with two trailers in tandem
    technical
    a pickup truck with a gun mounted on it
    type of:
    automotive vehicle, motor vehicle
    a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on rails
  2. noun
    a handcart that has a frame with two low wheels and a ledge at the bottom and handles at the top; used to move crates or other heavy objects
    synonyms: hand truck
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    cart, go-cart, handcart, pushcart
    wheeled vehicle that can be pushed by a person; may have one or two or four wheels
  3. verb
    convey (goods etc.) by truck
    truck fresh vegetables across the mountains”
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    transport
    move something or somebody around; usually over long distances
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