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 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, "A vintage guidebook inspires a quirky trip through Oregon, from a wilderness lodge to a Gilded Age saloon to a town hidden underground," 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, "Alvin," 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, "Washington state Democrats, GOP pave way for gas tax fight on long road to transportation budget," 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, "Demolition underway on a piece of Dallas history near the Trinity River levees," 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, "Newsletter: Essential California: The common threads in three L.A. races," 5 Nov. 2020 To the chagrin of the trail-only faction, the trail master plan concedes there’s no way to fit a trail through tricky spots like the high, narrow Capitola trestle and proposes to route trail users onto surface streets instead. Brian Coyne,, "Looking for a weekend bike ride? Check out Santa Cruz’s rail trail," 13 Oct. 2020 The route hugs the banks of the Little Tennessee and Nantahala rivers, and crosses Fontana Lake on a trestle standing 100 feet above the water. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, "Ride Through the Great Smoky Mountains During Peak Fall Foliage With This Railroad Experience," 6 Oct. 2020 The trestle and train cars fell onto Rio Salado Parkway. Katelyn Keenehan, The Arizona Republic, "Report: FBI finds no evidence of criminal activity linked to Tempe train derailment," 29 July 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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28 Apr 2021

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“Trestle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 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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