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trestle

noun tres·tle \ˈtre-səl also ˈtrə-\

Simple Definition of trestle

  • : a frame that is made of a horizontal piece between two vertical pieces and that is used to support something (such as the top of a table)

  • : a complex structure that is used especially for supporting railroad tracks over a valley, river, etc.

Full Definition of trestle

  1. 1 :  a braced frame serving as a support

  2. 2 :  horse 2b

  3. 3 :  a braced framework of timbers, piles, or steelwork for carrying a road or railroad over a depression

Variants of trestle

also tres·sel play \ˈtre-səl also ˈtrə-\

Origin of trestle

Middle English trestel, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *trastellum, from Latin transtillum, diminutive of transtrum traverse beam, from trans across — more at through


First Known Use: 13th century

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