Definition of truss noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//trʌs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//trʌs//
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  1. 1a special belt with a thick piece of material, worn by somebody suffering from a hernia in order to support the muscles
  2. 2a frame made of pieces of wood or metal used to support a roof, bridge, etc. See related entries: Structures
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘bundle’): from Old French trusse (noun), trusser ‘pack up, bind in’, based on late Latin tors- ‘twisted’, from the verb torquere. Sense (2) dates from the mid 17th cent.
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