trestle

noun tres·tle \ ˈtre-səl also ˈtrə- \
variants: or less commonly tressel
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of trestle

1 : a braced frame serving as a support
2 : horse 2b
3 : a braced framework of timbers, piles, or steelwork for carrying a road or railroad over a depression

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Origin and Etymology of trestle

Middle English trestel, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *trastellum, from Latin transtillum, diminutive of transtrum traverse beam, from trans across — more at 1through

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TRESTLE Defined for English Language Learners

trestle

noun

Definition of trestle for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


TRESTLE Defined for Kids

trestle

noun tres·tle \ ˈtre-səl \

Definition of trestle for Students

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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