- to tie, bind, or bundle: often with up
- to skewer or bind the wings and legs of (a fowl) before cooking
- to support or strengthen with a truss
Origin of trussMiddle English trussen ; from Old French trousser, to bundle together, pack ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Vulgar Latin an unverified form torsare ; from an unverified form torsus, for Classical Latin tortus, past participle of torquere, to twist: see tort
- a bundle or pack; specif., in England, a bundle of hay in any of various unit weights
- an iron band around a mast, having a gooseneck for securing a yard
- an architectural bracket or modillion
- a flower cluster growing at the tip of a stem
- a rigid framework of beams, girders, struts, bars, etc. for supporting a roof, bridge, etc.
- an appliance for giving support in cases of rupture or hernia, usually consisting of a pad on a special belt
Origin of trussME trusse < OFr trousse < trousser
- Medicine A supportive device, usually a pad with a belt, worn to prevent enlargement of a hernia or the return of a reduced hernia.
- a. A rigid framework, as of wooden beams or metal bars, designed to support a structure, such as a roof.b. An architectural bracket.
- Something gathered into a bundle; a pack.
- Nautical An iron fitting by which a lower yard is secured to a mast.
- Botany A compact cluster of flowers at the end of a stalk.
transitive verbtrussed, truss·ing, truss·es
- To tie up or bind tightly.
- To bind or skewer the wings or legs of (a fowl) before cooking.
- To support or brace with a truss.
Origin of trussMiddle English trusse, bundle, from Old French trousse, from torser, trousser, to truss, possibly from Vulgar Latin *torsāre, from *torsus, variant of Latin tortus, past participle of torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
- A bandage and belt used to hold a hernia in place.
- (architecture) A structure made up of one or more triangular units made from straight beams of wood or metal, which is used to support a structure as in a roof or bridge.
- (architecture) A triangular bracket.
- 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.
- (historical) A padded jacket or dress worn under armour, to protect the body from the effects of friction.
- (historical) Part of a woman's dress; a stomacher.
- (botany) A tuft of flowers formed at the top of the main stem of certain plants.
- (nautical) The rope or iron used to keep the centre of a yard to the mast.
(third-person singular simple present trusses, present participle trussing, simple past and past participle trussed)
From Old French trousse.