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truss

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transitive verb \ˈtrəs\

Simple Definition of truss

  • : to tie up (someone) tightly to prevent movement

  • : to tie together the wings or legs of (a turkey, chicken, etc.) for cooking

Full Definition of truss

  1. 1a :  to secure tightly :  bindb :  to arrange for cooking by binding close the wings or legs of (a fowl)

  2. 2 :  to support, strengthen, or stiffen by or as if by a truss

truss·er noun

Examples of truss

  1. She stuffed and trussed the duck.

  2. <after stuffing the turkey, the chef quickly trussed it so the forcemeat wouldn't fall out during roasting>



Origin of truss

Middle English to pack, load, bind, from Anglo-French trusser, trousser, from Vulgar Latin *torsare, from *torsus twisted — more at torsade


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with truss


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truss

noun

Simple Definition of truss

  • : a strong frame of beams, bars, or rods that supports a roof or bridge

  • : a special belt that is worn by someone who has a hernia

Full Definition of truss

  1. 1 :  an iron band around a lower mast with an attachment by which a yard is secured to the mast

  2. 2a :  bracket 1b :  an assemblage of members (as beams) forming a rigid framework

  3. 3 :  a device worn to reduce a hernia by pressure

  4. 4 :  a compact flower or fruit cluster

13th Century

First Known Use of truss

13th century

Other Building Terms


TRUSS Defined for Kids

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truss

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verb \ˈtrəs\

Definition of truss

trussedtruss·ing

  1. 1 :  to bind or tie firmly

  2. 2 :  to support, strengthen, or stiffen by a framework of beams




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truss

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noun

Definition of truss

  1. :  a framework of beams or bars used in building and engineering




Medical Dictionary

truss

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noun \ˈtrəs\

Medical Definition of truss

  1. :  a device worn to reduce a hernia by pressure





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