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 There are also stone walls, sculptures, arbors, bridges, a trestle and vertical accents throughout the property, which has panoramic views of Lake Michigan. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 June 2021 There are wooden beams and there are wires and cables and there is something silver like a trestle to her right, and there are bricks beyond that. Keith Ridgway, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 There is still a railway tunnel and a railway trestle that crosses Sixteen Mile Creek, a tributary of the Missouri River. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 4 May 2021 A few miles away on private land stands the last of Maxville’s wooden railroad trestle bridges, still spanning a gully. Brian Smale, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021 There was a shower cubicle, a steel sink, a refrigerator and a hot plate, a full‑size bed, two chairs, and a trestle desk. Jonas Eika, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021 Saldaña's plan includes $1.4 billion for a trestle project in Hobbs’s district and only $450 million for the Columbia Crossing bridge. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, 23 Feb. 2021 The Oak Cliff Advocate reports that the city began demolishing the landmark Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad trestle bridge on Jan. 4. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, 13 Jan. 2021 Swiveling hula hoops around waists, kids walked the beach to a train trestle where the Santa Ana River entered the ocean. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2020

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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 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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