tres·​tle | \ˈtre-səl also ˈtrə- \
variants: or less commonly tressel

Definition of trestle 

1 : a braced frame serving as a support

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

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Those include the timber Wilburton train trestle in Bellevue. a former railbed between Newcastle and Renton, and possible bridges over Northeast Eighth Street in Bellevue and Totem Lake streets in north Kirkland. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Can $3 billion in toll lanes, interchanges and bus rapid transit fix I-405 gridlock?," 9 Sep. 2018 Built around 1896, the trestle was part of the city’s streetcar system. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Metro faces roadblock in race to demolish Georgetown trolley trestle," 1 June 2018 But first, workers will build a temporary trestle bridge over the river that will serve as a construction staging area. Washington Post, "South Capitol Street project promises a new bridge — and new life — for Anacostia," 3 Mar. 2018 This abandoned trestle bridge in Hope BC is about 20 minutes hike off the highway. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Doing It for the ‘Gram Turns Deadly," 9 July 2018 The railroad company cited safety concerns, city officials say: The trestle has openings between the rail ties where debris can fall through, injuring someone passing underneath. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Why leaders are celebrating a new river trail that essentially goes nowhere," 19 Jan. 2018 In Hilbert, flooding washed away part of a train trestle, causing cars from a train to derail. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "High water hazardous on Fox River, Lake Winnebago," 5 May 2018 But by October, the landscape architect hired by the Presidio Trust — James Corner Field Operations, which transformed New York’s High Line from train trestle into pedestrian park — will have taken over. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "Above the bay, the Tunnel Tops green space is coming to San Francisco," 12 June 2018 Witnesses told authorities that Gipson went under the water when his kayak flipped between the High-Main Street Bridge and railroad trestle., "Body recovered from Great Miami River," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of trestle

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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 entry 1

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English Language Learners 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.


tres·​tle | \ˈtre-səl \

Kids Definition of trestle

1 : a braced frame consisting usually of a horizontal piece with spreading legs at each end that supports something (as the top of a table)

2 : a structure of timbers or steel for supporting a road or railroad over a low place

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