verb (used with object)
- 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
Examples from the Web for truss
Contemporary Examples of truss
Most cooks these days do not, alas, truss their own roasts or carefully make cheesecloth bags to hold their soup herbs.The 2012 Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide
December 13, 2012
So it is that he sympathizes with the dads who have to know how to truss a chicken, for your sake.15 Hottest Books For Dad
Malcolm Jones, Jimmy So
June 17, 2011
Historical Examples of truss
Singe and truss your chickens; boil one half and roast the other.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
Then truss it nicely and roast it from one and a half to two hours.
Truss it nicely, and roast it from three-quarters of an hour to an hour, according to its size.
Then truss it with string, or two skewers, in the form of the letter S.
"Truss him up, Kenneth," he commanded, pointing to the recumbent figure.The Tavern Knight
Word Origin for truss
c.1200, "collection of things bound together," from Old French trousse, torse, of unknown origin, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *torciare "to twist." Meaning "surgical appliance to support a rupture, etc." first attested 1540s. Sense of "framework for supporting a roof or bridge" is first recorded 1650s.
c.1200, "to load, load up," from Anglo-French trusser, Old French trusser "to load, pack, fasten" (11c.), from Old French trousse (see truss (n.)). Related: Trussed; trussing.