What does truss mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. truss(noun)

    (medicine) a bandage consisting of a pad and belt; worn to hold a hernia in place by pressure

  2. truss(noun)

    a framework of beams (rafters, posts, struts) forming a rigid structure that supports a roof or bridge or other structure

  3. corbel, truss(verb)

    (architecture) a triangular bracket of brick or stone (usually of slight extent)

  4. truss(verb)

    tie the wings and legs of a bird before cooking it

  5. tie down, tie up, bind, truss(verb)

    secure with or as if with ropes

    "tie down the prisoners"; "tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling shed"

  6. truss(verb)

    support structurally

    "truss the roofs"; "trussed bridges"


  1. truss(Noun)

    A bandage and belt used to hold a hernia in place.

  2. truss(Noun)

    A framework of beams forming a rigid structure.

  3. truss(Noun)

    A triangular bracket.

  4. truss(Noun)

    An old English farming measurement. One truss of straw equalled 36 pounds, a truss of old hay equalled 56 pounds, a truss of new hay equalled 60 pounds, and 36 trusses equalled one load.

  5. truss(Verb)

    To tie up a bird before cooking it.

  6. truss(Verb)

    To secure or bind with ropes.

  7. truss(Verb)

    To support.

  8. Origin: From trousse.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Truss(noun)

    a bundle; a package; as, a truss of grass

  2. Truss(noun)

    a padded jacket or dress worn under armor, to protect the body from the effects of friction; also, a part of a woman's dress; a stomacher

  3. Truss(noun)

    a bandage or apparatus used in cases of hernia, to keep up the reduced parts and hinder further protrusion, and for other purposes

  4. Truss(noun)

    a tuft of flowers formed at the top of the main stalk, or stem, of certain plants

  5. Truss(noun)

    the rope or iron used to keep the center of a yard to the mast

  6. Truss(noun)

    an assemblage of members of wood or metal, supported at two points, and arranged to transmit pressure vertically to those points, with the least possible strain across the length of any member. Architectural trusses when left visible, as in open timber roofs, often contain members not needed for construction, or are built with greater massiveness than is requisite, or are composed in unscientific ways in accordance with the exigencies of style

  7. Truss(noun)

    to bind or pack close; to make into a truss

  8. Truss(noun)

    to take fast hold of; to seize and hold firmly; to pounce upon

  9. Truss(noun)

    to strengthen or stiffen, as a beam or girder, by means of a brace or braces

  10. Truss(noun)

    to skewer; to make fast, as the wings of a fowl to the body in cooking it

  11. Truss(noun)

    to execute by hanging; to hang; -- usually with up


  1. Truss

    In architecture a truss is a structure comprising one or more triangular units constructed with straight members whose ends are connected at joints referred to as nodes. External forces and reactions to those forces are considered to act only at the nodes and result in forces in the members which are either tensile or compressive forces. Moments are explicitly excluded because, and only because, all the joints in a truss are treated as revolutes. A planar truss is one where all the members and nodes lie within a two dimensional plane, while a space truss has members and nodes extending into three dimensions. The top beams in a truss are called top chords and are generally in compression, the bottom beams are called bottom chords and are generally in tension, the interior beams are called webs, and the areas inside the webs are called panels.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Truss

    trus, n. a bundle: timbers fastened together for binding a beam or supporting a roof: in ships, the rope or iron for keeping the lower yard to the mast: a tuft of flowers at the top of the main stalk or stem: a bandage or apparatus used in hernia to retain reduced parts, or to hinder protusion.—v.t. to bind up: to pack close: to furnish with a truss: to draw tight and tie: to skewer in cooking.—n. Truss′-beam, a wooden beam strengthened by a tie-rod.—adj. Trussed.—n. Truss′ing, in ship-building, diagonal timbers or iron plates crossing the ribs internally, and consolidating the whole together. [O. Fr. trosser, orig. torser, to bind together—L. tortus, pa.p. of torquēre, to twist.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of truss in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of truss in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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