semitrailer 1919, from SEMI- (Cf. semi-) (q.v.) + TRAILER (Cf. trailer). Short form semi is attested from 1942.

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  • semitrailer — ☆ semitrailer [sem′itrāl΄ər ] n. a detachable trailer designed to be attached to a coupling at the rear of a TRACTOR (sense 2), by which it is partly supported …   English World dictionary

  • semitrailer — noun Date: 1919 1. a freight trailer that when attached is supported at its forward end by the fifth wheel device of the truck tractor 2. a trucking rig made up of a tractor and a semitrailer …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • semitrailer — /sem i tray leuhr/, n. 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. Cf. full trailer. 2. tractor trailer. [1915 20; SEMI… …   Universalium

  • Semitrailer — articulated truck …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • semitrailer — Australian Slang articulated truck …   English dialects glossary

  • semitrailer — see semi trailer …   English dictionary

  • semitrailer — n. large cargo truck composed of a tractor and a detachable freight trailer which is supported in the front by the tractor …   English contemporary dictionary

  • semitrailer — semi·trailer …   English syllables

  • semitrailer — sem•i•trail•er [[t]ˈsɛm ɪˌtreɪ lər[/t]] n. trs a detachable trailer for hauling freight, with wheels at the rear end and the forward end supported by a tractor Also called semi Etymology: 1915–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • semitrailer — /sɛmiˈtreɪlə / (say semee trayluh) noun an articulated goods vehicle consisting of a prime mover and a detachable trailer, supported at the front by the prime mover and at the back by its own wheels; rig …   Australian English dictionary

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