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truss (plural trusses)
- A bandage and belt used to hold a hernia in place.
- 2008, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, chapter 4, in Professional Guide to Diseases, →ISBN, page 280:
- A truss may keep the abdominal contents from protruding into the hernial sac; however, this won't cure the hernia.
- (architecture) A structure made up of one or more triangular units made from straight beams of wood or metal, which is used to support a structure as in a roof or bridge.
- (architecture) A triangular bracket.
- An old English farming measurement. One truss of straw equalled 36 pounds, a truss of old hay equalled 56 pounds, a truss of new hay equalled 60 pounds, and 36 trusses equalled one load.
- (obsolete) A bundle; a package.
- 1579, Immeritô [pseudonym; Edmund Spenser], “May. Aegloga Quinta.”, in The Shepheardes Calender: […], London: […] Hugh Singleton, […], OCLC 606515406; republished as The Shepheardes Calender […], London: […] Iohn Wolfe for Iohn Harrison the yonger, […], 1586, OCLC 837880809:
- bearing a truss of trifles at his back
- (historical) A padded jacket or dress worn under armour, to protect the body from the effects of friction.
- 1612, Michael Drayton, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [John Selden], editor, Poly-Olbion. Or A Chorographicall Description of Tracts, Riuers, Mountaines, Forests, and Other Parts of this Renowned Isle of Great Britaine, […], London: […] H[umphrey] L[ownes] for Mathew Lownes; I. Browne; I. Helme; I. Busbie, published 1613, OCLC 1049089293:
- Puts off his palmer's weed unto his truss, which bore / The stains of ancient arms.
- (historical) Part of a woman's dress; a stomacher.
- (botany) A tuft of flowers or cluster of fruits formed at the top of the main stem of certain plants.
- (nautical) The rope or iron used to keep the centre of a yard to the mast.
Terms derived from truss (noun)
- plank truss
- polygonal truss
- main truss
- parker truss
- truss pad
- hammer-beam truss
- truss of straw
- truss beam
- truss bridge
- through truss bridge
- half through truss bridge
- truss beam bridge
- truss framed bridge
- truss fuselage
- truss post
- timber truss
- wooden truss
- nailed truss
- truss joint
- truss maker
- truss member
- truss rod
- king-post truss
- truss head rivet
- logs in truss
bandage and belt
framework of beams
historical: padded jacket or dress worn under armour
historical: part of a woman's dress; a stomacher
botany: tuft of flowers
nautical: rope or iron used to keep the centre of a yard to the mast
- (transitive) To tie up a bird before cooking it.
- (transitive) To secure or bind with ropes.
- (transitive) To support.
- To take fast hold of; to seize and hold firmly; to pounce upon.
- To strengthen or stiffen, as a beam or girder, by means of a brace or braces.
- (slang, archaic) To execute by hanging; to hang; usually with up.
- 1818 July 25, Jedadiah Cleishbotham [pseudonym; Walter Scott], Tales of My Landlord, Second Series, […] (The Heart of Mid-Lothian), volume (please specify |volume=I, II, III, or IV), Edinburgh: […] [James Ballantyne and Co.] for Archibald Constable and Company, OCLC 819902302:
- If they must truss me, I will repent of nothing
to secure or bind with ropes
Declension of truss (type 2 noun)
- Nicole Nau (2011) A short grammar of Latgalian, München: LINCOM GmbH, →ISBN, page 23