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Definition of Truss

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support with a truss; secure, bind
supporting structural framework made up of straight members; bundle; cluster of fruit or flowers
Truss Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Technical Theatre Terms
A framework of alloy bars and triangular cross-bracing (usually of scaffolding diameter) providing a rigid structure, particularly useful for hanging lights where no permanent facility is available.
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Truss Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
To take fast hold of; to seize and hold firmly; to pounce upon.
  
(n.)
To strengthen or stiffen, as a beam or girder, by means of a brace or braces.
  
(n.)
To skewer; to make fast, as the wings of a fowl to the body in cooking it.
  
(n.)
To execute by hanging; to hang; -- usually with up.
  
(n.)
To bind or pack close; to make into a truss.
  
(n.)
The rope or iron used to keep the center of a yard to the mast.
  
(n.)
An assemblage of members of wood or metal, supported at two points, and arranged to transmit pressure vertically to those points, with the least possible strain across the length of any member. Architectural trusses when left visible, as in open timber roofs, often contain members not needed for construction, or are built with greater massiveness than is requisite, or are composed in unscientific ways in accordance with the exigencies of style.
  
(n.)
A tuft of flowers formed at the top of the main stalk, or stem, of certain plants.
  
(n.)
A padded jacket or dress worn under armor, to protect the body from the effects of friction; also, a part of a woman's dress; a stomacher.
  
(n.)
A bundle; a package; as, a truss of grass.
  
(n.)
A bandage or apparatus used in cases of hernia, to keep up the reduced parts and hinder further protrusion, and for other purposes.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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truss
\truss\ (?), n. [oe. trusse, f. trousse, of. also tourse; perhaps fr. l. tryrsus stalk, stem. cf. thyrsus, torso, trousers, trousseau.]
1. a bundle; a package; as, a truss of grass. bearing a truss of trifles at his back.
note: a truss of hay in england is 56 lbs. of old and 60 lbs. of new hay; a truss of straw is 36 lbs.
2. a padded jacket or dress worn under armor, to protect the body from the effects of friction; also, a part of a woman's dress; a stomacher. [obs.] puts off his palmer's weed unto his truss, which bore the stains of ancient arms.
3. (surg.) a bandage or apparatus used in cases of hernia, to keep up the reduced parts and hinder further protrusion, and for other purposes.
4. (bot.) a tuft of flowers formed at the top of the main stalk, or stem, of certain plants.
5. (naut.) the rope or iron used to keep the center of a yard to the mast.
6. (arch. & engin.) an assemblage of members of wood or metal, supported at two points, and arranged to transmit pressure vertically to those points, with the least possible strain across the length of any member. architectural trusses when left visible, as in open timber roofs, often contain members not needed for construction, or are built with greater massiveness than is requisite, or are composed in unscientific ways in accordance with the exigencies of style.
truss
rod, a rod which forms the tension member of a trussed beam, or a tie rod in a truss.
truss
\truss\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. trussed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. trussing.] [f. trousser. see truss, n.] 1. to bind or pack close; to make into a truss. it [his hood] was trussed up in his wallet.
2. to take fast hold of; to seize and hold firmly; to pounce upon. [obs.] who trussing me as eagle doth his prey.
3. to strengthen or stiffen, as a beam or girder, by means of a brace or braces.
4. to skewer; to make fast, as the wings of a fowl to the body in cooking it.
5. to execute by hanging; to hang; -- usually with up. [slang.] w. scott.


  similar words(7) 



 to truss up 
 jack truss 
 truss rod 
 truss bridge 
 to truss a person 
 queen truss 
 pony truss 
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Bwrn = n. a truss, a heap, a load
Byrnaid = n. a truss, a bundle
Byrniaw = v. to truss, to bundle
Potel = n. a bottle; a truss
Poteli = v. to bottle; to truss
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. (medicine) a bandage consisting of a pad and belt; worn to hold a hernia in place by pressure
(hypernym) bandage, patch
(classification) medicine, medical specialty
2. a framework of beams forming a rigid structure (as a roof truss)
(hypernym) framework, frame, framing
(part-holonym) truss bridge
3. (architecture) a triangular bracket of brick or stone (usually of slight extent)
(synonym) corbel
(hypernym) bracket
(hyponym) cul de lampe
(classification) architecture

Verb
1. tie the wings and legs of a bird before cooking it
(hypernym) tie, bind
(classification) cooking, cookery, preparation
2. secure with or as if with ropes; "tie down the prisoners"; "tie up the old newspapes and bring them to the recycling shed"
(synonym) tie down, tie up, bind
(hypernym) restrain, confine, hold
(hyponym) chain up
(entail) fasten, fix, secure
3. support structurally; "truss the roofs"; "trussed bridges"
(hypernym) hold, support, sustain, hold up
Truss Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dream Dictionary
To see a truss in your dream, your ill health and unfortunate business engagements are predicted.
  
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Truss Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
In architecture, a truss is a structure comprising one or more triangular units constructed with straight members whose ends are connected at joints referred to as nodes. External forces and reactions to those forces are considered to act only at the nodes and result in forces in the members which are either tensile or compressive forces. Moments (torques) are explicitly excluded because, and only because, all the joints in a truss are treated as revolutes.

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Truss Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
maritime&shipping&trade
A machine to pull a lower yard close to the mast, and retain it firmly in that position.
Truss Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary Of Cooking And Food Terms
To bind poultry for roasting with string or skewers.