\ 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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Modern-industrial custom metal works throughout the place, with rolling bar-table frames and a 600-pound lighting truss above the length of the bar. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "Beer, community and a better world come together at Grixsen: Portland Breweries Series," 27 Nov. 2019 The new theater, which sits inside a 7,500-square-foot bowstring truss structure, represents the final piece of the puzzle of DuVernay’s Array campus, which opened early last year. Los Angeles Times, "Ava DuVernay’s Array is a place for women and filmmakers of color in L.A.," 1 Oct. 2019 The truss repair will be followed by the installation of a movable barrier system on the upper deck shoulder to create a bicycle-pedestrian path. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "Richmond-San Rafael Bridge project gets $19.9 million from gas tax," 17 Aug. 2019 The agency engaged Boston architect Miguel Rosales to design an elegant span with a structural system called a Fink truss. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Metroparks awards $6M to build Wendy Park Bridge connecting lakefront to Towpath, Lake Link trails," 17 Oct. 2019 The station's electricity is provided by four huge solar wings, two on each end of a truss that stretches the length of a football field. William Harwood, CBS News, "All-female spacewalk Friday marks a new milestone for NASA — watch live," 17 Oct. 2019 Overhead on a metal truss, a matrix of 3D sensors tracks the signals and translates the viewfinders’ positions back into VR. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Disney's New Lion King Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema," 20 June 2019 Mounted on the station's solar power truss, the AMS is by far the most expensive single science experiment aboard the station and one of the most expensive ever launched. William Harwood, CBS News, "An oven is heading to space so astronauts can bake cookies," 2 Nov. 2019 Crews will need to do concrete and trail work before putting in the new steel-truss spans. Jamie Hale | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "New bridges installed on Eagle Creek Trail, but hiking remains off-limits," 25 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of truss was in the 13th century

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“Truss.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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