trestle

[ tres-uhl ]
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noun
  1. 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.

  2. 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

1
1300–50; Middle English trestel<Middle French, by dissimilation from Old French trestre ≪ Latin trānstrum crossbeam

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How to use trestle in a sentence

  • The young man stood now in the car vestibule, as the train roared over the trestle and slowed down at the station.

    The Code of the Mountains | Charles Neville Buck

British Dictionary definitions for trestle

trestle

/ (ˈtrɛsəl) /


noun
  1. 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

Origin of trestle

1
C14: from Old French trestel, ultimately from Latin trānstrum transom

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