tres·​tle | \ ˈtre-səl How to pronounce trestle (audio) also ˈtrə- How to pronounce trestle (audio) \
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

Examples of trestle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eight cars went off the tracks, with four of them falling from a trestle bridge. John D'anna, azcentral, "COVID-19 crisis could affect Amtrak service on Arizona's two historic rail routes," 27 May 2020 Community and city leaders took swift action after the graffiti was discovered Wednesday on the trestle spanning Madison Road, according to the Jewish Community Relations Council. Madeline Mitchell,, "Anti-Semitic graffiti on bridge in Oakley, Madisonville cleaned two days later," 6 Mar. 2020 In this week’s Nature column, Peter Marteka updates readers on the near completion of the Hop River Trail bridge over the Willimantic River and a new plan for a trestle bridge removal and installation of a bridge over the Hop River in Coventry. Peter Marteka,, "Bridging gaps along the Hop River State Park Trail in Coventry," 9 Aug. 2019 Cellphone videos appeared to show Hernández, unarmed and hiding beneath a train trestle when he was shot. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court denies Mexican family's damages claim for cross-border shooting," 26 Feb. 2020 Although state and regional transportation agencies have sunk more than a billion dollars into maintenance — which includes a new road deck, piers and a trestle at the San Rafael approach — the bridge wouldn’t survive a major disaster, Levine noted. Rachel Swan,, "Assemblyman’s crusade for a new Richmond-San Rafael Bridge: All he needs is $8 billion," 6 Jan. 2020 The vines sit differently here, low on the ground rather than on trestles, independent and arranged into wreaths for protection from the winds and to preserve moisture. Timothy O'grady, Condé Nast Traveler, "For the Real Santorini, Visit During Off-Season," 15 Nov. 2019 The most user-friendly rectangular and round tables have a pedestal or a trestle base so there aren’t four legs to bump into. Lindsey M. Roberts, Washington Post, "Design experts’ favorite dining tables, from a cozy two-seater to a party-ready table for 10," 6 Nov. 2019 Among the few reminders of its existence is a series of stone pylons that, a hundred years ago, supported a trestle carrying trains across the Cuyahoga River’s west branch in Berea. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "River pylons a reminder of interurban age: Around The Town," 13 Dec. 2019

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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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“Trestle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce trestle (audio) \

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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