Trestle Tres"tle, n. [OF. trestel, tresteay, F. tr['e]teau; probably from L. transtillum a little crossbeam, dim. of transtrum a crossbeam. Cf. {Transom}.] [Written also {tressel}.] 1. A movable frame or support for anything, as scaffolding, consisting of three or four legs secured to a top piece, and forming a sort of stool or horse, used by carpenters, masons, and other workmen; also, a kind of framework of strong posts or piles, and crossbeams, for supporting a bridge, the track of a railway, or the like. [1913 Webster]

2. The frame of a table. [1913 Webster]

{Trestle board}, a board used by architects, draughtsmen, and the like, for drawing designs upon; -- so called because commonly supported by trestles.

{Trestle bridge}. See under {Bridge}, n. [1913 Webster]

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