- 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 fitting for securing a yard to a mast
- an architectural bracket or modillion
- a flower cluster growing at the tip of a stem
- a rigid framework of beams, girders, struts, bars, etc., usually triangular in configuration, 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.