truss definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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: ME trusse < OFr trousse < trousser
- trusser noun
truss definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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. Architecture A 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.
- 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: Middle 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.
truss - Medical Definition