trestle

[ tres-uh l ]
/ ˈtrɛs əl /

noun

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.
  1. one of a number of bents, having sloping sides of framework or piling, for supporting the deck or stringers of a bridge.
  2. a bridge made of these.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. tress,
  2. tressed,
  3. tressel,
  4. tressure,
  5. tressy,
  6. trestle table,
  7. trestletree,
  8. trestlework,
  9. tret,
  10. treta yuga

Origin of trestle

1300–50; Middle English trestel < Middle French, by dissimilation from Old French trestreLatin trānstrum crossbeam

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British Dictionary definitions for trestle

trestle

/ (ˈtrɛsəl) /

noun

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
  1. a braced structural tower-like framework of timber, metal, or reinforced concrete that is used to support a bridge or ropeway
  2. a bridge constructed of such frameworks

Word Origin for trestle

C14: from Old French trestel, ultimately from Latin trānstrum transom

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Word Origin and History for trestle

trestle

n.

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.

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