Definition of Trestle

1. Noun. A supporting tower used to support a bridge.

Group relationships: Bridge, Span
Generic synonyms: Supporting Tower

2. Noun. Sawhorses used in pairs to support a horizontal tabletop.
Generic synonyms: Buck, Horse, Sawbuck, Sawhorse
Group relationships: Trestle Table

Definition of Trestle

1. n. 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.

Definition of Trestle

1. Noun. A horizontal member supported near each end by a pair of divergent legs, such as sawhorses. ¹

2. Noun. A folding or fixed set of legs used to support a table-top or planks ¹

3. Noun. A framework, using spreading, divergent pairs of legs used to support a bridge. ¹

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Definition of Trestle

1. a framework for supporting a bridge [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Trestle

trestle (current term)
trestle bed
trestle beds
trestle board
trestle boards
trestle bridge
trestle table
trestle tree
trestle trees

Literary usage of Trestle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1909)
"The running of a train over this trestle was at all times calculated to excite, frighten, and cause to run away ordinary roadworthy teams, and especially ..."

2. Earthwork and Its Cost: A Handbook of Earth Excavation by Halbert Powers Gillette (1920)
"After the destruction of the trestle the old plant was removed from the work and ... From actual timing on the trestle, 4 of these Lawson cars were dumped, ..."

3. Handbook of Cost Data for Contractors and Engineers: A Reference Book Giving by Halbert Powers Gillette (1905)
"This force cleared away the wreckage, and built the new. trestle complete in 7 days, ... There were 351000 ft BM in the new trestle, including ties, ..."

4. The Engineering Index by Association of Engineering Societies (U.S.) (1892)
"Pile and trestle. By AF Robinson. Discusses the use of pile and trestle bridges, and gives design oí the standard trestle of the Chicago, ..."

5. The Design of Steel Mill Buildings and the Calculation of Stresses in Framed by Milo Smith Ketchum (1921)
"Given a trestle bent, height 45'-0", width at the base 30'-0", width at the top 9'-0", wind loads P0, PI, PI, Pt, P*, as shown. Calculate the stresses in ..."

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