A truck or lorry is a motor vehicle designed to transport cargo. Trucks vary greatly in size, power, and configuration, with the smallest being mechanically similar to an automobile. Commercial trucks can be very large and powerful, and may be configured to mount specialized equipment, such as in the case of fire trucks and concrete mixers and suction excavators. Modern trucks are largely powered by diesel engines exclusively, although small to medium size trucks with gasoline engines exist in America. In the European Union vehicles with a gross combination mass of less than are known as light commercial vehicles and those over as large goods vehicles.

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  1. A small wheel or roller, specifically the wheel of a gun-carriage.
  2. The ball on top of a flagpole.
  3. On a wooden mast, a circular disc (or sometimes a rectangle) of wood near or at the top of the mast, usually with holes or sheaves to reeve signal halyards; also a temporary or emergency place for a lookout. "Main" refers to the mainmast, whereas a truck on another mast may be called (on the mizzenmast, for example) "mizzen-truck".
  4. A semi-tractor ("semi") trailer; a lorry.
    Mexican open-bed trucks haul most of the fresh produce that comes into the United States from Mexico.
  5. Any motor vehicle designed for carrying cargo, including delivery vans, pickups, and other motorized vehicles (including passenger autos) fitted with a bed designed to carry goods.
  6. A garden cart, a two-wheeled wheelbarrow.
  7. A small wagon or cart, of various designs, pushed or pulled by hand or pulled by an animal, as with those in hotels for moving luggage, or in libraries for transporting books.
  8. A pantechnicon (removal van).
  9. A flatbed railway car.
  10. A pivoting frame, one attached to the bottom of the bed of a railway car at each end, that rests on the axle and which swivels to allow the axle (at each end of which is a solid wheel) to turn with curves in the track. The axle on many types of railway car is not attached to the truck and relies on gravity to remain within the truck's brackets (on the truck's base) that hold the axle in place
  11. The part of a skateboard or roller skate that joins the wheels to the deck, consisting of a hanger, baseplate, kingpin, and bushings, and sometimes mounted with a riser in between.
  12. A platform with wheels or casters.
  13. Dirt or other messiness.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. Small, humble items; things, often for sale or barter.
  2. Garden produce, groceries (see truck garden).
  3. Social intercourse; dealings, relationships.


  1. To fail; run out; run short; be unavailable; diminish; abate.
  2. To give in; give way; knuckle under; truckle.
  3. To deceive; cheat; defraud.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To drive a truck.
  2. To convey by truck.
  3. To travel or live contentedly.
    Keep on trucking!
  4. To persist, to endure.
    Keep on trucking!
  5. To move a camera parallel to the movement of the subject.
  6. To run over or through a tackler in American football.

Verb (etymology 3)

  1. To tread (down); stamp on; trample (down).

Verb (etymology 4)

  1. To trade, exchange; barter.
  2. To engage in commerce; to barter or deal.
  3. To have dealings or social relationships with; to engage with.


  1. Pertaining to a garden patch or truck garden.

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