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(ā′tēn-wē′lər, -hwē′-)
n. Informal
A combination of a tractor and a semitrailer; a tractor-trailer rig.
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One afternoon in Florida, a 59-year-old career truck driver named Jeff Runions sat alertly in the cab of an eighteen-wheeler watching the road while his 11-ton cargo of stone tile made its way up the Ronald Reagan Turnpike.
We not only pass the Bechdel test, but run over it and back up over it again and again in an eighteen-wheeler truck," he wrote.
Instinctively he knows that by lingering on that image he will shatter a relationship that has kept him on the sane side of loneliness as surely as if he stepped in front of a speeding eighteen-wheeler.
Disappointingly, but understandably, I soon learned that the track's custodians were more than a little wary about the damage that a mistimed turn in an eighteen-wheeler might inflict on their pristine kerbs.
Big Rig is a simple, rhyming picturebook about the delivery adventure of a hardworking eighteen-wheeler truck.
Bangkok-Feb28(BNA) Fifteen people, including thirteen children, were killed and 44 others sustained injuries today when a bus carrying teachers and female students was hit by an eighteen-wheeler truck and crashed into a tree in Thailand.
Following this sound bite about oil wars in the global landscape, a red eighteen-wheeler, blatting its horn and puffing black smoke out of its exhaust pipe, barrels down the highway with such force that it spews dirt onto Kirk's face and makes Franklin lose balance, sending him careening down the side of a ditch and knocking him out of his wheelchair.
Think of the omentum fat as the obnoxious eighteen-wheeler on a crowded highway--elbowing out the stomach, pushing away other organs, and claiming all the space for itself.
Then, I was transporting produce across the country in an eighteen-wheeler.
Fernandez simply places a FreshLoc sensor in the freezer trailer of an eighteen-wheeler outside in the truck yard, and the system picks up the signal, adding the truck to the company's Cold Chain.
When it comes to my country I'm like a chipmunk snarling at an avalanche, like a dragonfly slamming its sharp beak into the wilding steel of an eighteen-wheeler.
He rarely moves his gaze from himself--except to go to a movie, read a book, or glance at the funeral home across the street: "About once a month, a long eighteen-wheeler arrives from the such-and-such casket company.