Definition of gusset
1 : a usually diamond-shaped or triangular insert in a seam (as of a sleeve, pocketbook, or shoe upper) to provide expansion or reinforcement
2 : a plate or bracket for strengthening an angle in framework (as in a building or bridge)
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But use a gusset plate that’s too thin and the I-35W Mississippi Bridge collapses.
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Origin and Etymology of gusset
Middle English, piece of armor covering the joints in a suit of armor, from Anglo-French goussete
First Known Use: circa 1570See Words from the same year
GUSSET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gusset for English Language Learners
: a piece of cloth usually in the shape of a triangle that is sewn into something (such as the underneath part of a sleeve) to make it wider or stronger
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