\ 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

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

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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

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 That perforated metal veil, for instance, has openings that allow sunlight to slice through and illuminate the thatched trusses that brace the panels. John King,, "Park-topped Transbay transit center pays architectural dividends, past troubles aside," 26 Aug. 2019 That’s been the clarion call for Raiders’ player personnel operatives ever since George Blanda retired his truss. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Watch: Derek Carr’s toddler passes to Antonio Brown’s son for Raiders touchdown," 29 July 2019 The columns and wooden trusses support a simple white gabled roof, leaving the space open to the elements. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Shigeru Ban proposes simple temporary chapel for Notre Dame site," 12 July 2019 With 30 Habitat construction professionals and crew leaders to guide them, participants raised 32 roof trusses, secured 50 plywood sheets, and hammered 3,000 hurricane straps and roof nails. Krislyn Placide,, "Three generations flex their muscles for Habitat for Humanity for 2019 Women Build," 13 June 2019 In addition, the steel was stacked in self-supporting trusses that did not disturb the curves of building’s exterior. Blair Kamin,, "Srinivasa ‘Hal’ Iyengar, structural engineer who helped design landmarks from Chicago to London to Spain, dies at 85," 10 July 2019 The structure’s original steel trusses, which support the 85-foot upper dome, were severely compromised by water damage. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Belle Isle's conservatory reopens Wednesday after $2.5M renovation project," 19 June 2019 The 4,370-square-foot floor plan contains open-truss ceilings, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Neal J. Leitereg And Lauren Beale,, "Hot Property Newsletter: La crème de la crème," 6 July 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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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 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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