trellis

noun
trel·lis | \ˈtre-ləs \

Definition of trellis 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a frame of latticework used as a screen or as a support for climbing plants

2 : a construction (such as a summerhouse) chiefly of latticework

3 : an arrangement that forms or gives the effect of a lattice a trellis of interlacing streams

trellis

verb
trellised; trellising; trellises

Definition of trellis (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to provide with a trellis especially : to train (a plant, such as a vine) on a trellis

2 : to cross or interlace on or through : interweave

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trellis 1

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Noun

trellised \ˈtre-ləst \ adjective

Examples of trellis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hurry to prune grape vines and train them to an arbor or trellis. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "April in the garden," 31 Mar. 2018 If space is limited, put up a trellis for vertical support. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Loads Of Delicious Zucchini–The Most Versatile Garden Veggie Ever," 12 June 2017 Dig a hole at least twice as deep and wide as the pot or root ball of your plant within a few inches of your trellis or other support. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Clematis," 17 Mar. 2017 The 2018 Scrambler 1100 also does not showcase Ducati’s signature trellis frame. Fortune, "Is the Bigger, Beefier Ducati Scrambler 1100 the One for You?," 27 June 2018 Giant banana leaves, ratoons of sugar cane and bright orange guavas — set amid a jumble of sheds, trellises, fences and retaining walls — give the hill the look of a rural village carved from jungle. Joe Mozingo, latimes.com, "One of L.A.'s oldest community gardens thrived for decades. Then the water wars began.," 4 June 2018 The arts and recreation center, which features a large gym and an indoor pool, is instantly recognizable from the lemon-yellow accents and trellis feature outside. Emma Krupp, RedEye Chicago, "Neighborhood guide: What to eat, drink and do in Bronzeville," 3 Apr. 2018 If this is a non-issue, then there are any number of plants willing to overtake your future fence-trellis. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Need to screen off your neighbors? Here's how to grow a green privacy barrier," 27 June 2018 Fruits trees have been planted and trellises installed to eventually create a covered walkway using climbing plant varieties. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Rundown house becomes gardening lab after anonymous gift to Highland Park school," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Are there any kinds that do not need to be trellised? Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "What type of sweet peas to plant and when to plant them in South Louisiana," 29 Apr. 2018 Less vigorous varieties, such as many of the large-flowered hybrids can be allowed to climb through shrubs or small trees in the flower garden (with a little guidance), instead of being trellised, or even to wander over the ground as a ground cover. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Clematis," 17 Mar. 2017 For years, some farmers have turned to changing how grapes are trellised to grow more per vine and have invested in new technology to automate picking and pruning to drive down labor costs. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "N.Y. Grape Growers, Squeezed by Low Demand, Look Beyond Juice," 30 Apr. 2018 There’s a woodlands garden, a perennial herbaceous border and a vegetable garden with handmade wattle fencing and trellised supports. Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, kansascity, "Here’s your chance to tour 5 lush Mission Hills & Fairway private gardens," 6 May 2017 At one point, Nederend feared her vines would need to be cut down to the ground and re-trellised this spring — meaning no crop in 2017 but a return for 2018 and beyond. Eric Degerman, idahostatesman, "Big news for Gem State travelers, winemakers: Idaho Wines fly free on two airlines," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of trellis

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trellis

Noun

Middle English trelis, from Anglo-French treleis, from Old French treille arbor, from Latin trichila summerhouse

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trellis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trellis

: a frame with long pieces of wood that cross each other that is used as a support for climbing plants

trellis

noun
trel·lis | \ˈtre-ləs \

Kids Definition of trellis

: a frame of lattice used especially as a screen or a support for climbing plants

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