Truss
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. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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.] --Nares. [1913 Webster]

Puts off his palmer's weed unto his truss, which bore The stains of ancient arms. --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

4. (Bot.) A tuft of flowers formed at the top of the main stalk, or stem, of certain plants. [1913 Webster]

5. (Naut.) The rope or iron used to keep the center of a yard to the mast. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{Truss rod}, a rod which forms the tension member of a trussed beam, or a tie rod in a truss. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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 — steht für: Trage und Aufbaukonstruktionen in der Veranstaltungstechnik, siehe Traverse (Veranstaltungstechnik) Truss ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Lynne Truss (* 1955), englische Autorin und Journalistin Warren Truss (* 1948),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • truss — truss; truss·er; un·truss; …   English syllables

  • truss — ► NOUN 1) a framework of rafters, posts, and struts which supports a roof, bridge, or other structure. 2) a padded belt worn against the skin to support a hernia. 3) a large projection of stone or timber, typically one supporting a cornice. 4)… …   English terms dictionary

  • truss — [trus] vt. [ME trussen < OFr trousser, to bundle together, pack < ? VL * torsare < * torsus, for L tortus, pp. of torquere, to twist: see TORT] 1. to tie, bind, or bundle: often with up 2. to skewer or bind the wings and legs of (a fowl) …   English World dictionary

  • Truss — (engl., spr. tröss, »Bündel, Bund«), ein Gewicht, besonders für Stroh und Heu, 36 im Load des englischen Handelsgewichtes: für Stroh 36, trockenes Heu 56 und Heu bis 4. Sept. 60 Pounds avdp …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • truss — index bear (support) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • truss — (n.) c.1200, collection of things bound together, from O.Fr. trousse, torse, of unknown origin, perhaps from V.L. *torciare to twist. Meaning surgical appliance to support a rupture, etc. first attested 1540s. Sense of framework for supporting a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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 — [[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

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