- (British, America) IPA: /tɹʌs/
truss (plural trusses)
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.
- (obsolete) A bundle; a package.
- bearing a truss of trifles at his back
- (historical) A padded jacket or dress worn under armour, to protect the body from the effects of friction.
- Puts off his palmer's weed unto his truss, which bore / The stains of ancient arms.
- (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.
- French: bandage herniaire
- German: Bruchband
- Italian: cinto, cinto erniario
- Russian: банда́ж
- Spanish: faja para hernia
- French: treillis, structure triangulée
- German: Fachwerkträger, Fachwerk, Dachstuhl, Dachwerk, Dachtragwerk, Traverse, Binder, Sprengwerk, Hängewerk, Gebälk, Ständerwerk
- Italian: struttura reticolare
- Portuguese: treliça
- Russian: (стропи́льная) фе́рма
- Spanish: cercha
- German: Garbe
- German: Leibbinde, Bauchbinde
truss (trusses, present participle trussing; past and past participle trussed)
- (transitive) To tie up a bird before cooking it.
- (transitive) To secure or bind with ropes.
- (transitive) To support.
- To take fast hold of; to seize and hold firmly; to pounce upon.
- who trussing me as eagle doth his prey
- To strengthen or stiffen, as a beam or girder, by means of a brace or braces.
- (slang, archaic) To execute by hanging; to hang; usually with up.