To truss up
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 tie up tightly; to make into a truss. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

It [his hood] was trussed up in his wallet. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. To take fast hold of; to seize and hold firmly; to pounce upon. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Who trussing me as eagle doth his prey. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. To strengthen or stiffen, as a beam or girder, by means of a brace or braces. [1913 Webster]

4. To skewer; to make fast, as the wings of a fowl to the body in cooking it. [1913 Webster]

5. To execute by hanging; to hang; -- usually with up. [Slang.] --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

{To truss a person} or {To truss one's self}, to adjust and fasten the clothing of; especially, to draw tight and tie the laces of garments. [Obs.] ``Enter Honeysuckle, in his nightcap, trussing himself.'' --J. Webster (1607).

{To truss up}, to strain; to make close or tight.

{Trussed beam}, a beam which is stiffened by a system of braces constituting a truss of which the beam is a chord. [1913 Webster]


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  • To truss a person — 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 tie up tightly; to make into a truss. Shak. [1913 Webster] It [his hood] was trussed up in his wallet. Chaucer.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To truss one's self — 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 tie up tightly; to make into a truss. Shak. [1913 Webster] It [his hood] was trussed up in his wallet. Chaucer.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • truss up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms truss up : present tense I/you/we/they truss up he/she/it trusses up present participle trussing up past tense trussed up past participle trussed up 1) same as truss II, 2) 2) [usually passive] if someone is… …   English dictionary

  • 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 tie up tightly; to make into a truss. Shak. [1913 Webster] It [his hood] was trussed up in his wallet. Chaucer. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • truss´er — truss «truhs», verb, noun. –v.t. 1. to tie; fasten; bind: »to truss up a bundle of plants. We trussed the burglar up and called the police. 2. to fasten the wings or legs of (a fowl or small animal) with skewers or twine in preparation for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • truss — [[t]trʌ̱s[/t]] trusses, trussing, trussed 1) VERB To truss someone means to tie them up very tightly so that they cannot move. [WRITTEN] [V n] She trussed him quickly with stolen bandage, and gagged his mouth. Syn: bind PHRASAL VERB: usu passive… …   English dictionary

  • 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. Fabyan. [1913 Webster] Bearing a truss of trifles at his back …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Truss rod — 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. Fabyan. [1913 Webster] Bearing a truss of trifles at his …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Truss — For other uses, see Truss (disambiguation). In architecture and structural engineering, 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.… …   Wikipedia

  • truss — truss1 [ trʌs ] noun count 1. ) a wooden or metal frame that supports a structure such as a roof or bridge 2. ) a medical belt worn by someone with a HERNIA truss truss 2 [ trʌs ] verb transitive 1. ) to tie the legs and wings of a chicken or… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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