- to tie, bind, or fasten.
- to make fast with skewers, thread, or the like, as the wings or legs of a fowl in preparation for cooking.
- to furnish or support with a truss or trusses.
- to tie or secure (the body) closely or tightly; bind (often followed by up).
- Falconry. (of a hawk, falcon, etc.) to grasp (prey) firmly.
- Civil Engineering, Building Trades.
- any of various structural frames based on the geometric rigidity of the triangle and composed of straight members subject only to longitudinal compression, tension, or both: functions as a beam or cantilever to support bridges, roofs, etc.Compare complete(def 8), incomplete(def 3), redundant(def 5c).
- any of various structural frames constructed on principles other than the geometric rigidity of the triangle or deriving stability from other factors, as the rigidity of joints, the abutment of masonry, or the stiffness of beams.
- Medicine/Medical. an apparatus consisting of a pad usually supported by a belt for maintaining a hernia in a reduced state.
- Horticulture. a compact terminal cluster or head of flowers growing upon one stalk.
- Nautical. a device for supporting a standing yard, having a pivot permitting the yard to swing horizontally when braced.
- a collection of things tied together or packed in a receptacle; bundle; pack.
- Chiefly British. a bundle of hay or straw, especially one containing about 56 pounds (25.4 kg) of old hay, 60 pounds (27.2 kg) of new hay, or 36 pounds (16.3 kg) of straw.
Origin of truss
Examples from the Web for truss
Most cooks these days do not, alas, truss their own roasts or carefully make cheesecloth bags to hold their soup herbs.The 2012 Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide
December 13, 2012
So it is that he sympathizes with the dads who have to know how to truss a chicken, for your sake.15 Hottest Books For Dad
Malcolm Jones, Jimmy So
June 17, 2011
Singe and truss your chickens; boil one half and roast the other.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
Then truss it nicely and roast it from one and a half to two hours.
Truss it nicely, and roast it from three-quarters of an hour to an hour, according to its size.
Then truss it with string, or two skewers, in the form of the letter S.
"Truss him up, Kenneth," he commanded, pointing to the recumbent figure.The Tavern Knight
- (sometimes foll by up) to tie, bind, or bundleto truss up a prisoner
- to fasten or bind the wings and legs of (a fowl) before cooking to keep them in place
- to support or stiffen (a roof, bridge, etc) with structural members
- informal to confine (the body or a part of it) in tight clothes
- falconry (of falcons) to hold (the quarry) in the stoop without letting go
- med to supply or support with a truss
- a structural framework of wood or metal, esp one arranged in triangles, used to support a roof, bridge, etc
- med a device for holding a hernia in place, typically consisting of a pad held in position by a belt
- horticulture a cluster of flowers or fruit growing at the end of a single stalk
- nautical a metal fitting fixed to a yard at its centre for holding it to a mast while allowing movement
- architect another name for corbel
- a bundle or pack
- mainly British a bundle of hay or straw, esp one having a fixed weight of 36, 56, or 60 pounds
Word Origin and History for truss
c.1200, "collection of things bound together," from Old French trousse, torse, of unknown origin, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *torciare "to twist." Meaning "surgical appliance to support a rupture, etc." first attested 1540s. Sense of "framework for supporting a roof or bridge" is first recorded 1650s.
c.1200, "to load, load up," from Anglo-French trusser, Old French trusser "to load, pack, fasten" (11c.), from Old French trousse (see truss (n.)). Related: Trussed; trussing.
- A supportive device, usually consisting of a pad with a belt, worn to prevent enlargement of a hernia or the return of a reduced hernia.
- To support or brace with a truss.