Definition of Truss

1. Noun. (medicine) a bandage consisting of a pad and belt; worn to hold a hernia in place by pressure.

Generic synonyms: Bandage, Patch
Category relationships: Medical Specialty, Medicine

2. Verb. Tie the wings and legs of a bird before cooking it.
Category relationships: Cookery, Cooking, Preparation
Generic synonyms: Bind, Tie

3. Noun. A framework of beams (rafters, posts, struts) forming a rigid structure that supports a roof or bridge or other structure.
Generic synonyms: Framework
Group relationships: Truss Bridge

4. Verb. Secure with or as if with ropes. "They want to truss the prisoners "; "Tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling shed"
Exact synonyms: Bind, Tie Down, Tie Up
Specialized synonyms: Chain Up, Faggot, Faggot Up, Fagot, Faggot, Fagot, Hog-tie
Generic synonyms: Confine, Hold, Restrain
Entails: Fasten, Fix, Secure
Derivative terms: Bindable

5. Noun. (architecture) a triangular bracket of brick or stone (usually of slight extent).
Exact synonyms: Corbel
Generic synonyms: Bracket, Wall Bracket
Category relationships: Architecture
Derivative terms: Corbel

6. Verb. Support structurally. "Trussed bridges"
Generic synonyms: Hold, Hold Up, Support, Sustain

Definition of Truss

1. n. A bundle; a package; as, a truss of grass.

2. v. t. To bind or pack close; to make into a truss.

Definition of Truss

1. Noun. A bandage and belt used to hold a hernia in place. ¹

2. Noun. A framework of beams forming a rigid structure. ¹

3. Noun. (architecture) A triangular bracket. ¹

4. Noun. An old English farming measurement. One truss of straw equalled 36 pounds, a truss of old hay equalled 56 pounds, a truss of new hay equalled 60 pounds, and 36 trusses equalled one load. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To tie up a bird before cooking it. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To secure or bind with ropes. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To support. ¹

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Definition of Truss

1. to secure tightly [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Truss

1. 1. A bundle; a package; as, a truss of grass. "Bearing a truss of trifles at his back." (Spenser) 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. "Puts off his palmer's weed unto his truss, which bore The stains of ancient arms." (Drayton) 3. A bandage or apparatus used in cases of hernia, to keep up the reduced parts and hinder further protrusion, and for other purposes. 4. A tuft of flowers formed at the top of the main stalk, or stem, of certain plants. 5. The rope or iron used to keep the center of a yard to the mast. 6. 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. Origin: OE. Trusse, F. Trousse, OF. Also tourse; perhaps fr. L. Tryrsus stalk, stem. Cf. Thyrsus, Torso, Trousers, Trousseau. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Truss

trunks of brachial plexus
truss (current term)
truss bridge
trust account
trust busting
trust company
trust corporation
trust deed

Literary usage of Truss

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

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"A truss is composed of members or parts joined together at their intersections to ... It is therefore the "truss element" and all trusses, no matter how ..."

2. Structural Engineers' Handbook: Data for the Design and Construction of by Milo Smith Ketchum (1914)
"It will be seen that the Petit truss is an inclined Pratt or Camel-back ... The loads in this type of Petit truss are carried directly to the abutments. ..."

3. The Theory and Practice of Modern Framed Structures, Designed for the Use of by John Butler Johnson, Charles Walter Bryan, Frederick Eugene Turneaure, William Spaulding Kinne (1910)
"The Howe truss of Fig. (a) is usually made of wood except the vertical tension members, which are steel rods. The diagonal web members are all in ..."

4. The Design of Steel Mill Buildings and the Calculation of Stresses in Framed by Milo Smith Ketchum (1921)
"The maximum and minimum live load web stresses in a Whipple truss are ... The usual solution of this problem is to divide the truss into two trusses of ..."

5. Bridge Engineering by John Alexander Low Waddell (1916)
"truss.—A framed or jointed structure designed to act as a beam while each ... A four-panel truss having extended batter posts intersecting over the centre ..."

6. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1890)
"The vertical rods, as shown in the draw- WARREN TRIANGULAR truss Fig. 23 ing, are not in any way necessary to the theoretically proper construction of the ..."

7. A Text Book on Roofs and Bridges by Mansfield Merriman, Henry Sylvester Jacoby (1917)
"THE BALTIMORE truss. The Baltimore truss is a special case of the ... The method used for the web stresses of the Pennsylvania truss also apply to the ..."

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