truss

A truss is a framework that supports something, like a roof or a bridge. A steel beam that holds up a bridge is called a truss. Another kind of truss is a similar structure that's designed to support a roof.

A truss refers to part of the design of a bridge, overpass, or building; or a medical device that keeps a hernia from bulging. Either way, a truss offers support. You can also use truss as a verb meaning "tie up." Many cooks are familiar with a recipe's instruction to truss a goose, for example, tying its wings and legs together before cooking it. A truss was originally "a collection of things bound together," with the Vulgar Latin root torciare, "to twist."

Definitions of truss
  1. noun
    a framework of beams (rafters, posts, struts) forming a rigid structure that supports a roof or bridge or other structure
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    framework
    a structure supporting or containing something
  2. noun
    (architecture) a triangular bracket of brick or stone (usually of slight extent)
    synonyms: corbel
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    bracket, wall bracket
    a support projecting from a wall (as to hold a shelf)
  3. noun
    (medicine) a bandage consisting of a pad and belt; worn to hold a hernia in place by pressure
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    bandage, patch
    a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body
  4. verb
    secure with or as if with ropes
    synonyms: bind, tie down, tie up
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    chain up
    tie up with chains
    faggot, faggot up, fagot
    bind or tie up in or as if in a faggot
    faggot, fagot
    fasten together rods of iron in order to heat or weld them
    hog-tie
    tie together somebody's limbs
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    confine, hold, restrain
    to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement
  5. verb
    tie the wings and legs of a bird before cooking it
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    bind, tie
    fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
  6. verb
    support structurally
    truss the roofs”
    trussed bridges”
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    type of:
    hold, hold up, support, sustain
    be the physical support of; carry the weight of
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