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See also: trúss
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 0781778999, 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
bandage and belt
framework of beams
historical: padded jacket or dress worn under armour
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.
- who trussing me as eagle doth his prey
- 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.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
to secure or bind with ropes