the members that form a truss.
a structure consisting of trusses.
trusses collectively.

Nearby words

  1. truss,
  2. truss bridge,
  3. truss hoop,
  4. truss rod,
  5. trussed,
  6. trust,
  7. trust account,
  8. trust busting,
  9. trust company,
  10. trust deed

Origin of trussing

1300–50; Middle English trossinge; see truss, -ing1



verb (used with object)

to tie, bind, or fasten.
to make fast with skewers, thread, or the like, as the wings or legs of a fowl in preparation for cooking.
to furnish or support with a truss or trusses.
to tie or secure (the body) closely or tightly; bind (often followed by up).
Falconry. (of a hawk, falcon, etc.) to grasp (prey) firmly.


Civil Engineering, Building Trades.
  1. 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).
  2. 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.
Medicine/Medical. an apparatus consisting of a pad usually supported by a belt for maintaining a hernia in a reduced state.
Horticulture. a compact terminal cluster or head of flowers growing upon one stalk.
Nautical. a device for supporting a standing yard, having a pivot permitting the yard to swing horizontally when braced.
a collection of things tied together or packed in a receptacle; bundle; pack.
Chiefly British. a bundle of hay or straw, especially one containing about 56 pounds (25.4 kg) of old hay, 60 pounds (27.2 kg) of new hay, or 36 pounds (16.3 kg) of straw.

Origin of truss

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English trussen < Old French tr(o)usser, variant of torser, probably < Vulgar Latin *torsāre, derivative of *torsus, for Latin tortus past participle of torquere to twist, wind, wrap; (noun) Middle English: bundle < Old French trousse, torse, derivative of torser

Related formstruss·er, nounun·der·truss, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for trussing


noun engineering

a system of trusses, esp for strengthening or reinforcing a structure
the parts or members that form a truss


verb (tr)

(sometimes foll by up) to tie, bind, or bundleto truss up a prisoner
to fasten or bind the wings and legs of (a fowl) before cooking to keep them in place
to support or stiffen (a roof, bridge, etc) with structural members
informal to confine (the body or a part of it) in tight clothes
falconry (of falcons) to hold (the quarry) in the stoop without letting go
med to supply or support with a truss


a structural framework of wood or metal, esp one arranged in triangles, used to support a roof, bridge, etc
med a device for holding a hernia in place, typically consisting of a pad held in position by a belt
horticulture a cluster of flowers or fruit growing at the end of a single stalk
nautical a metal fitting fixed to a yard at its centre for holding it to a mast while allowing movement
architect another name for corbel
a bundle or pack
mainly British a bundle of hay or straw, esp one having a fixed weight of 36, 56, or 60 pounds
Derived Formstrusser, noun

Word Origin for truss

C13: from Old French trousse, from trousser, apparently from Vulgar Latin torciāre (unattested), from torca (unattested) a bundle, torch

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Word Origin and History for trussing
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Medicine definitions for trussing




A supportive device, usually consisting of a pad with a belt, worn to prevent enlargement of a hernia or the return of a reduced hernia.


To support or brace with a truss.

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