- 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
He was standing at the foot of it in the long aisle between the double row of trestle beds.The Night Riders|Ridgwell Cullum
Young Dick, quick and sure in all his perceptions and adjustments, dropped on the instant to hands and knees on the trestle.The Little Lady of the Big House|Jack London
The stringers were chosen at random to determine the general condition of the trestle.
The sand and stone were dumped directly into the bins from the cars on the trestle which ran from the wharf to the shaft.
At my summons two slaves brought in a long and narrow chest, and a trestle for saving wood.Memoirs of Robert-Houdin, ambassador, author and conjurer|Jean Henri Robert-Houdin
British Dictionary definitions for trestle
- 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.