tres·​tle | \ ˈtre-səl 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

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The weir basin is the open water west of the railroad trestle, an area controlled by the adjacent homeowners. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Parties reach consensus on saltwater option for Buena Vista Lagoon," 5 July 2019 And who knows if the Willow Glen trestle still will be around in the fall. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "San Jose’s iconic Dancing Pig sign restored to neon glory," 22 June 2019 The city’s streetcars also had their own Herring Run-Harford Road trestle. Jacques Kelly,, "Spanning Herring Run, the old Harford Road Bridge weathered a rough start," 8 June 2019 Herring Run washed away the wagon bridge and the streetcar trestle. Jacques Kelly,, "Spanning Herring Run, the old Harford Road Bridge weathered a rough start," 8 June 2019 Witnesses said that the man had jumped off of an approximately 20-foot boat, which was carrying several other people, in the area of the trestle bridge and Great River Park, Sawyer said. Emily Brindley,, "Crews continue search for man in Connecticut River in East Hartford," 16 June 2019 My parents owned an establishment under the train trestle in my hometown of Morristown, N.J. Matthew Hennessey, WSJ, "St. Patrick Brought the Green Stuff to My Barkeep Parents," 15 Mar. 2019 Another potential source might be carbon and car-tab taxes suggested by Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, who seeks cash to replace the aging Highway 2 trestle to Everett, and statewide projects. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Renton’s freeway carpool lanes make a $197 million connection this week," 19 Feb. 2019 The spokeswoman said a freight train headed to Richmond derailed about 8 p.m. Friday on the Susquehanna railroad trestle in Cecil County, Md. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Freight cars derail, fall about 80 feet into Maryland river," 5 Mar. 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 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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