\ 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 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 The isolators support massive steel and concrete trusses, but the isolators are the key. Carl Nolte,, "Bells toll as Bay Area remembers Loma Prieta on fifth anniversary of earthquake," 11 Oct. 2019 Midwest Coast Brewing opened in late August in a 90-year-old rustproofing factory, complete with the original bow-truss ceiling. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "tl;dr: more breweries, more millennial debt and the bloody mary > mimosas," 27 Sep. 2019 The city Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission selected a concrete design over a steel truss concept at its Aug. 6 meeting and recommended it for City Council approval. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Proposed bridge would connect Newport Beach parks, help pedestrians avoid busy Coast Highway crossing," 16 Aug. 2019 The new dome would be a stronger steel truss structure with a smaller field, as opposed to the inflatable structure that collapsed in the spring of 2018. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "Ramsey County diverting millions from parks projects to pay for new Vadnais Sports Center dome," 23 July 2019 Workers are installing trusses for the stadium's new 19,000-ton steel retractable roof and establishing functioning air conditioning in some parts of the ballpark. Dallas News, "'A resort in the middle of Arlington': Live! by Loews Hotel is ready for its debut," 22 Aug. 2019 At the Meeting House, which is tricked out in scaffolding, guests learn about its structural follies, including a leaking copper roof and sagging trusses. Andrea Sachs,, "On the trail of Frank Lloyd Wright in Illinois and Wisconsin," 11 Sep. 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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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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