- a frame typically composed of a horizontal bar or beam rigidly joined or fitted at each end to the top of a transverse A-frame, used as a barrier, a transverse support for planking, etc.; horse.
- Civil Engineering.
- one of a number of bents, having sloping sides of framework or piling, for supporting the deck or stringers of a bridge.
- a bridge made of these.
Origin of trestle
Examples from the Web for trestle
Historical Examples of trestle
She died of cold, on the trestle on which I had had her placed to send her home.My Double Life
Her husband is at present building a trestle on the Dunsmore track.The Greater Power
Again she must cross the dark Hoghole trestle alone on her way to the hut.Tess of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
In column of twos he led his men out on the ties of the trestle bridge.The Long Roll
The culvert was built underneath a trestle which was afterwards filled in.Concrete Construction
Halbert P. Gillette
- a framework in the form of a horizontal member supported at each end by a pair of splayed legs, used to carry scaffold boards, a table top, etc
- a braced structural tower-like framework of timber, metal, or reinforced concrete that is used to support a bridge or ropeway
- a bridge constructed of such frameworks
Word Origin for trestle
Word Origin and History for trestle
early 14c., "a support for something," from Old French trestel "crossbeam" (12c.), presumed to be an alteration of Latin *transtellum, diminutive of transtrum "beam, crossbar." Specific meaning "support for a bridge" is recorded from 1796.