Dictionary > Truss

Truss

truss
1. A bundle; a package; as, a truss of grass. Bearing a truss of trifles at his back. (Spenser)
A truss of hay in England is 56 lbs. Of old and 60 lbs. Of new hay; a truss of straw is 36 lbs.
2. A padded jacket or dress worn under armor, to protect the body from the effects of friction; also, a part of a woman’s dress; a stomacher. Puts off his palmer’s weed unto his truss, which bore The stains of ancient arms. (Drayton)
3. (Science: surgery) A bandage or apparatus used in cases of hernia, to keep up the reduced parts and hinder further protrusion, and for other purposes.
4. (Science: botany) A tuft of flowers formed at the top of the main stalk, or stem, of certain plants.
5. The rope or iron used to keep the center of a yard to the mast.
6. An assemblage of members of wood or metal, supported at two points, and arranged to transmit pressure vertically to those points, with the least possible strain across the length of any member. Architectural trusses when left visible, as in open timber roofs, often contain members not needed for construction, or are built with greater massiveness than is requisite, or are composed in unscientific ways in accordance with the exigencies of style. Truss rod, a rod which forms the tension member of a trus
48f
sed beam, or a tie rod in a truss.
Origin: OE. Trusse, F. Trousse, OF. Also tourse; perhaps fr. L. Tryrsus stalk, stem. Cf. Thyrsus, Torso, Trousers, Trousseau.


You will also like...

Genetic engineering
Genetic Engineering Advantages & Disadvantages

This tutorial presents the benefits and the possible adverse eventualities of genetic engineering. Know more about this ..

Freshwater Ecology
Freshwater Ecology

Freshwater ecology focuses on the relations of aquatic organisms to their freshwater habitats. There are two forms of co..

Biological Cell Defense
Biological Cell Defense

Organisms employ different strategies to boost its defenses against antigens. Humans have an immune system to combat pat..

A sperm cell fertilizing an ovum
Human Reproduction and Fertilization

For human species to obviate extinction, reproductive mature adults should be producing viable offspring in order to con..

Lentic community
Freshwater Communities & Lentic Waters

Lentic or still water communities can vary greatly in appearance -- from a small temporary puddle to a large lake. The s..

Ecosystem Succession
Ecosystem Succession

If the balance of nature is left untouched, landscapes can change dramatically over time. A previous ecosystem is supers..