- 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.
Origin of truss
OTHER WORDS FROM trusstrusser, nounun·der·truss, verb (used with object)
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How to use truss in a sentence
When she turned to see what it was, she saw Sydney running toward her but into the path of a toppling truss.An accident at the Marine Corps Marathon took her foot. Now she’s sprinting at the Paralympics.|Glynn A. Hill|September 1, 2021|Washington Post
If so, these tiny trusses could be the basis of new armor for everything from people in combat to objects in space.Microscopic mesh could be the key to lighter, stronger body armor|Charlotte Hu|August 22, 2021|Popular-Science
With its additional diagonals, the sponge’s lattice has more joints than a traditional truss and less distance between the joints, which may allow the structure to sustain greater compression before buckling, Fernandes said.The Curious Strength of a Sea Sponge’s Glass Skeleton|Elena Renken|January 11, 2021|Quanta Magazine
NASA has been studying something similar, with trusses that support lengthy wings to keep them from fluttering.This weird-looking plane could someday be a fast, clean option for air travel|Rob Verger|September 28, 2020|Popular-Science
Most cooks these days do not, alas, truss their own roasts or carefully make cheesecloth bags to hold their soup herbs.
So it is that he sympathizes with the dads who have to know how to truss a chicken, for your sake.
The Howe truss had timber chords and a lattice of timber struts, with vertical iron ties.
Fig. 20 shows a Fink truss, a characteristic early American type, with cast iron compression and wrought iron tension members.
Truss the birds, and stuff them with chopped truffles and rasped bacon, seasoned with salt and pepper and a tiny dust of cayenne.
Take four pigeons, truss and braise them in stock, then glaze them, dish them up against a block of fried bread.
This bridge has seven arches, and is a combination truss and arch design, capable of sustaining an immense weight.The Old Pike|Thomas B. Searight