\ ˈtrəs \
trussed; trussing; trusses

Definition of truss 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to secure tightly : bind

b : to arrange for cooking by binding close the wings or legs of (a fowl)

2 : to support, strengthen, or stiffen by or as if by a truss



Definition of truss (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an assemblage of members (such as beams) forming a rigid framework

b : bracket sense 1

2 : a device worn to reduce a hernia by pressure

3 : an iron band around a lower mast with an attachment by which a yard is secured to the mast

4 : a compact flower or fruit cluster

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Other words from truss


trusser noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for truss

Synonyms: Verb

band, bind, tie

Antonyms: Verb

unbind, untie

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Examples of truss in a Sentence


She stuffed and trussed the duck. after stuffing the turkey, the chef quickly trussed it so the forcemeat wouldn't fall out during roasting

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cured shows how a restaurant can play the nose-to-tail, farm-to-table game and mean it, starting with the meat locker in the foyer, with charcuterie trussed up like an Old World butcher shop. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Cured makes a 3½-star statement at the Pearl," 28 June 2018 Season the duck cavity with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and pepper, add 1/3 of the prepared orange peel, and truss the duck by securing the legs, wings and neck skin to the body with kitchen twine. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 June 2018 Michael Mullen’s costumes put the pansexual dancers in everything from brazen lingerie to innocent school uniforms, while keeping Cliff trussed in an uptight bow tie. Daryl H. Miller,, "The world is ending, so come to the 'Cabaret'," 15 June 2018 The dish, a specialty of Indonesia’s southern islands, is usually the centerpiece at big feasts: whole suckling pig stuffed with lemongrass and turmeric, trussed up, and slow cooked over coals until its crackling skin turns the color of caramel. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "Restaurant Review: Kasih Has Bold Indonesian Flavors With a High-Gloss Finish," 22 May 2018 Nearly every scene is a static two-character dialogue, between pairs of cops, dispatchers, small-time crooks and, in Season 2, trussed-up husband-and-wife kidnap victims. Mike Hale, New York Times, "This Man Doesn’t Star in Every Australian TV Show. It Just Seems That Way.," 20 Apr. 2018 Then the two then abruptly left, closing the storage unit door with Riley still trussed up but alive. Maxine Bernstein,, "Secret drug raid by feds backfires in Portland: 'Someone could have been killed'," 15 Apr. 2018 Of course, for our foremothers, who were required to be trussed up in this undergarment from dawn until dusk, the corset functioned as a sartorial prison cell. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "20 Good Reasons to Reconsider the Corset Top This Spring," 12 Apr. 2018 Adam then choked Zahau, removed her clothes, trussed her up and threw her off the balcony, according to the lawsuit. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "A step-by-step look at Rebecca Zahau's bizarre death at Spreckles Mansion," 8 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

It's stabilized by triangular trusses, allowing the printer to emit concrete with 1/4 inch of the points laid out in the plans. Andrea Powell, WIRED, "How to 3-D Print an Entire House in a Single Day," 11 July 2018 As part of the renovation, though, an enormous truss was constructed that would arch over the area. David Lyman,, "Behind the curtain: Cincinnati Opera's back at Music Hall with a more functional backstage," 7 June 2018 An aide to the governor said that the bridge’s steel trusses may also be used to build up the reefs. New York Times, "Old Tappan Zee Bridge Gets New Life as Artificial Reef," 29 Apr. 2018 Colonial Drive will be closed overnight Saturday between Orange and Garland avenues as crews swing a truss into place for a new pedestrian bridge over the busy road. Ryan Gillespie,, "Pedestrian bridge to take shape as steel truss is installed during Colonial Drive closure," 12 July 2018 Another impressive photo opportunity is at Cisco Crossing, a pair of rail bridges near Lytton, B.C. One is an 812-foot-long truss arch bridge perched 220 feet over the river, and the other is a truss bridge spanning 520 feet. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "See the coast, cities and mountain peaks on this trip of a lifetime to the Canadian Rockies," 9 July 2018 Looking more like a modern escalator than Reno's version and coming complete with steps, a truss, and a track system, this design truly moved Paris. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Movin' On Up: The Curious Birth and Rapid Rise of the Escalator," 6 Apr. 2016 The parts could have come from the world’s largest Tinker Toy set, determined strokes that lock into a horizontal truss of similar girth at the 20th floor, then angle back and continue their climb. John King,, "New nimble, frisky SoMa tower fits neatly into surroundings," 6 July 2018 Elsewhere patients lined up at clinics with horrendous coughs, festering wounds and hernias spilling into trusses. The Economist, "Theresa May’s lacklustre plan for the NHS," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of truss


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for truss


Middle English to pack, load, bind, from Anglo-French trusser, trousser, from Vulgar Latin *torsare, from *torsus twisted — more at torsade

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truss beam

truss bow

truss bridge

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English Language Learners Definition of truss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to tie up (someone) tightly to prevent movement

: to tie together the wings or legs of (a turkey, chicken, etc.) for cooking



English Language Learners Definition of truss (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong frame of beams, bars, or rods that supports a roof or bridge

: a special belt that is worn by someone who has a hernia


\ ˈtrəs \
trussed; trussing

Kids Definition of truss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to bind or tie firmly

2 : to support, strengthen, or stiffen by a framework of beams



Kids Definition of truss (Entry 2 of 2)

: a framework of beams or bars used in building and engineering


\ ˈtrəs \

Medical Definition of truss 

: a device worn to reduce a hernia by pressure

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alleviating pain or harshness

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