truss

verb
\ 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

truss

noun

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

Verb

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

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

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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 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, latimes.com, "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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Still, Lancaster fell in love with the building: with its wood truss ceilings and giant windows; the concrete nameplate emblazoned with the words Engine Co. No. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Why L.A.’s Arts District Is the New Place to Stay," 11 Apr. 2019 The ceiling woodwork reminiscent of row boats serve as trusses. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Jackie Gleason’s iconic ‘Round House’ yours for $12M," 31 Aug. 2018 Still in the conceptual phase, the wings extend a sprawling 170 feet end to end, supported by a truss and a modified wing sweep to make aircraft more aerodynamic. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing's "Transonic" Wings Will Carry Airliners to Nearly the Speed of Sound at Higher Altitudes," 9 Jan. 2019 The roof and walls are supported by 57 trusses that vary in thickness to support the overhang of the curved eave. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Undulating bamboo house looks like it’s wearing a hat," 24 July 2018 The base structure of the heat shield is a titanium truss covered with a composite substrate (or skin) that has several layers of carbon fiber. Elizabeth Howell, Space.com, "NASA's Orion Spacecraft Gets Heat Shield for Daring Test Flight to the Moon," 21 Aug. 2018 The modern cabin has a simple truss frame, two walls of windows, birch wood floors, and a small front deck. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Drop this dreamy prefab cabin wherever you like," 7 Aug. 2018 There are open wood trusses and stone courtyards with vegetation chosen to attract butterflies. Martha Schwendener, New York Times, "Kurimanzutto Expands (Way) North," 26 Apr. 2018 There are two other possible contributing factors still under investigation: First, trusses on the fifth and seventh floors were designed to transfer loads from one set of columns to another. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking the 9/11 Myths: Special Report - The World Trade Center," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of truss

Verb

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

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for truss

Verb

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

verb

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

truss

noun

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

truss

verb
\ 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

truss

noun

Kids Definition of truss (Entry 2 of 2)

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

truss

noun
\ ˈtrəs How to pronounce truss (audio) \

Medical Definition of truss

: a device worn to reduce a hernia by pressure

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