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TRU-CI-DA'TION, n. [L. trucido, to kill.]

The act of killing.


A small wooden cap at the extremity of a flagstaff or mast head.


  1. Permutation; exchange of commodities; barter.
  2. A small wooden wheel not hound with iron; a cylinder.
  3. A small wheel; hence trucks, a low carriage for carrying goods, stone, &c. Indeed this kind of carriage is often called a truck, in the singular.

TRUCK, v.i. [Fr. troquer; Sp. and Port. trocar; allied probably to W. trwc, L. trochus, a round thing, Eng. truck; Gr. τροχος, τρεχω.]

To exchange commodities; to barter. Our traders truck with the Indians, giving them whisky and trinkets for skins. [Truck is now vulgar.]

TRUCK, v.t.

To exchange; to give in exchange; to barter; as, to truck knives for gold dust. [Vulgar.] Swift.


The practice of bartering goods. Milton.


One who trafficks by exchange of goods.


Exchanging goods; bartering.


A small wheel or caster. Hudanms.

TRUCK'LE, v.i. [dim. of truck.]

To yield or bend obsequiously to the will of another; to submit; to creep. Small states must truckle to large ones. Religion itself is forced to truckle with worldly policy. Norris.

TRUCK'LE-BED, n. [truckle and bed.]

A bed that runs on wheels and may be pushed under another; a trundle-bed.


Yielding obsequiously to the will of another.

TRU'CU-LENCE, n. [L. truculentia, from trux, fierce, savage.]

  1. Savageness of manners; ferociousness.
  2. Terribleness of countenance.


  1. Fierce; savage; barbarous; as the truculent inhabitants of Scythia. Ray.
  2. Of a ferocious aspect.
  3. Cruel; destructive; as, a truculent plague. Harvey.


Fiercely; destructively.

TRUDGE, v.i.

  1. To travel on foot. The father rode; the son trudged on behind.
  2. To travel or march with labor. And trudg'd to Rome upon my naked feet. Dryden.

TRUE, a. [Sax. treow, treowe, faithful, and as a noun, faith, trust; Sw. tro, Dan. troe; G. treu; D. trouw, trust, loyalty, fidelity, faith; trouwen, to marry; Goth. triggus, faithful; triggwa, a pact or league, a truce. This is the real orthography, coinciding with Sw. trygg, Dan. tryg, safe, secure, and W. trigiaw, to stay, to tarry, to dwell, that is, to stop, to set. The primary sense of the root is to make close and fast, to set, or to stretch, strain, and thus make straight and close.]

  1. Conformable to fact; being in accordance with the actual state of things; as, a true relation or narration; a true history. A declaration is true, when it states the facts. In this sense, true is opposed to false.
  2. Genuine; pure; real; not counterfeit, adulterated or false; as, true balsam; the tree bark; true love of country; a true Christian. The true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. John i.
  3. Faithful; steady in adhering to friends, to promises, to a prince or to the state; loyal; not false, fickle or perfidious; as, a true friend; a true lover; a man true to his king, true to his country, true to his word; a husband true to his wife; a wife true to her husband; a servant true to his master; an officer true to his charge.
  4. Free from falsehood; as, a true witness.
  5. Honest; not fraudulent; as, good men and true. If king Edward be as true and just. Shak.
  6. Exact; right to precision; conformable to a rule or pattern; as, a true copy; a true likeness of the original.
  7. Straight; right; as, a true line; the true course of a ship.
  8. Not false or pretended; real; as, Christ was the true Messiah.
  9. Rightful; as, George IV is the true king of England.

TRUE-BORN, a. [true and born.]

Of genuine birth; having a right by birth to any title; as, a trueborn Englishman. Shak.

TRUE-BRED, a. [true and bred.]

  1. Of a genuine or right breed; as, a truebred beast. Dryden.
  2. Being of genuine breeding or education; as, a truebred gentleman.

TRUE-HEART-ED, a. [true and heart.]

Being of a faithful heart; honest; sincere; not faithless or deceitful; as, a truehearted friend.


Fidelity; loyalty; sincerity.

TRUE-LOVE, n. [true and love.]

  1. One really beloved.
  2. A plant, the herb Paris.

TRUE-LOVE-KNOT, n. [Qu. is not this from the Dan. trolover, to betroth, to promise in marriage; troe, true, and lover, to promise; the knot of faithful promise or engagement.]

A knot composed of lines united with many involutions; the emblem of interwoven affection or engagements.


  1. Faithfulness; sincerity.
  2. Reality; genuineness.
  3. Exactness; as, the trueness of a line.

TRUE-PEN-NY, n. [true and penny.]

A familiar phrase for an honest fellow. Bacon.