\ ˈtrəs How to pronounce truss (audio) \
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
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

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of truss in a Sentence

Verb 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 Being trussed up like this did not lend itself to much mobility. David Canfield,, "Dave Matthews teams with children's author Clete Barrett Smith for fantasy novel," 29 Jan. 2020 At the other end is the caricature, butt of flabby jokes, trussed in Las Vegas gaud, voice prostituted to a huge orchestra. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: All Shook Up," 16 Aug. 2019 In 1936, the wrists and ankles of a thirty-five-year-old interior decorator were found trussed with lamp cord and radio wire, with two neckties and a towel twisted around his neck. Caleb Crain, The New Yorker, "The Theory That Justified Anti-Gay Crime," 20 June 2019 High-end Roman houses had only small glass windows, so the interiors were enlivened by frescoes—often of food or animals destined for the table, like the villa’s painting of ducks and trussed deer. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "Preserved by a Fiery Disaster," 21 June 2019 The ceilings are covered in California redwood and trussed with steel cables and the walls are gallery white. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Coolest homes: 10 unique modern homes featured on azcentral," 21 June 2018 Smash 4 garlic cloves and place one inside each squab along with a thyme sprig, then truss the birds with butcher string. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Oven-Roasted Squab and Watercress Salad Recipe," 17 Aug. 2011 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The neck and fretboard are glued together, with a steel truss rod sandwiched inside the two components. New York Times, "How to Build a Guitar," 28 Nov. 2020 His fourth and final mission, STS-134, marked the last flight of Endeavour and delivered the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a cosmic ray detector, to be mounted to the station's backbone truss. Robert Z. Pearlman, Scientific American, "Mark Kelly Becomes 4th Astronaut Elected to Congress," 6 Nov. 2020 Video screens are relatively unobtrusive, but for a giant video board that hangs down from a roof truss over right field. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "Sorry, haters: Globe Life Field, the new home of the Rangers, is a great place to watch a ballgame — and a serious work of architecture," 16 Oct. 2020 Carpenters in Paris used medieval techniques to raise a three-ton oak truss by hand in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, showing the public just how much labor went into building the historic cathedral more than 800 years ago. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Paris Carpenters Reenact Original Building of Notre Dame 800 Years Later — See Them in Action," 21 Sep. 2020 Astronauts can move between the segments, which are connected to a larger structural truss that holds the station’s solar arrays and thermal radiators. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "What the International Space Station teaches us about our future in space," 1 Sep. 2020 Their design, called the SSI Lambda in homage to the Space Studies Institute, is an alien-looking craft that consists of a long triangular truss flanked by three heat radiators that protrude from its body like feathers on an arrow. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Gravity, Gizmos, and a Grand Theory of Interstellar Travel," 3 Sep. 2020 Modern-industrial custom metalworks graced the space, with rolling bar-table frames and a 600-pound lighting truss above the length of the bar. oregonlive, "Grixsen Brewing of SE Portland announces closure, cites economic downturn," 17 Aug. 2020 The Salt River Union Pacific Bridge was built in 1912 and survived as floods destroyed the previous three truss bridges constructed at the same location. Anne Ryman, The Arizona Republic, "What we know: Tempe Town Lake freight train derailment," 29 July 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce truss (audio) \
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


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Medical Definition of truss

: a device worn to reduce a hernia by pressure

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