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truss -- as in: the roof's trusses
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  • The same trusses carry the weight of the roof and the ceiling.
  • Cordelia turns to the back pages of the catalogue, where the pictures are in gray and black and there are crutches and trusses and prosthetic devices.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The monk in back was moaning now, struggling against his trusses.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The bridge was to be a single twelve-hundred-foot truss span.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged

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  • Directly ahead, two thirty-foot-high gold griffins guarded a massive timber gate-recessed twenty yards into the base of Tronjheim-which was shadowed by thick trusses that supported an arched vault far overhead.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The lieutenant said I slipped the truss on purpose.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • As to Bazin, he went and lay down on a truss of straw; and as he had more imagination than the Swiss, he dreamed that Aramis, having become pope, adorned his head with a cardinal’s hat.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Once I’m there I can survive by stealing loaves of French bread and salami from the local Safeway supermarket, and sleep on Johnson’s Beach while listening to the sounds of the cars rumbling across the old evergreen Parker truss bridge that leads into the city.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • After breakfast he meditated for a quarter of an hour; then two generals seated themselves on the truss of straw, pen in hand and their paper on their knees, and the Emperor dictated to them the order of battle.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • From school duties she was exonerated: Mrs. Fairfax had pressed me into her service, and I was all day in the storeroom, helping (or hindering) her and the cook; learning to make custards and cheese-cakes and French pastry, to truss game and garnish desert-dishes.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre

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  • It was the May truss, which the clerks of the clerks’ law court had deposited that morning at the door of a president of the parliament, in honor of the solemnity of the day.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • "I pray thee truss my points," said he to Wamba, "and thou shalt have a cup of sack for thy labour."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • The unhappy man, lying flat on a truss of straw, was dying; his body was covered with dark patches, he had long ago lost consciousness.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • The girders were cold and wet with dew under his hands and he climbed carefully, feeling the sun on his back, bracing himself in a bridge truss, hearing the noise of the tumbling water below him, hearing firing, too much firing, up the road at the upper post.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Last year he helped our people to bring in the straw; he carried as many as six trusses at once, he is so strong.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • But I’ll have her on that plane if I have to truss her up and send her air freight.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Some Sileni of the throng sat on benches and hay-trusses by the wall; and one of them recognized her.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • "—till they finally reached the hands of the Chief Equerry in Waiting, who gazed a moment, with a pallid face, upon what had caused all this dismay, then hoarsely whispered, "Body of my life, a tag gone from a truss-point!
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • On the table was a pile of trusses, yellow wash-leather hoops tangled together.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • It was a place flanked by hay-barns, into which tons of fodder, all in trusses, were being packed from the waggons she had seen pass the inn that morning.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • At which point I would hardly be needed, for, without guards, the captain and crew could quickly free themselves and truss up the pirates.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • They all flocked to see what was in the cart, and when they recognised their townsman they were filled with amazement, and a boy ran off to bring the news to his housekeeper and his niece that their master and uncle had come back all lean and yellow and stretched on a truss of hay on an ox-cart.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Art Moran, his foot on the brake, chewing his gum and fretting in silence, took in the gardens first, then the front porch with its tapered posts, and finally the overscaled trusses in the gable roof; he took in the pair of shed-roofed dormers that had, despite the original intent of asymmetry, been built formally and in tandem.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The waggon, from its position, seemed to have been left there for the night, for beyond about half a truss of hay which was heaped in the bottom, it was quite empty.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Shruggers, hobblers, truss and harness wearers, crutch-dancers, wall inspectors, wheelchair people in bandage helmets, wound smells and drug flowers blossoming from gauze, from colorful horrors and out of the deep sinks.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • I was surrounded by the stale smut of clubmen, stories to disturb callow youth, ads for transparencies, truedup dice and bustpads, proprietary articles and why wear a truss with testimonial from ruptured gentleman.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He then took some hay from a truss which was slung up under the van, and, throwing a portion of it in front of the horses, made a pad of the rest, which he laid on the ground beside his vehicle.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Whether he shall be put into the main road by constables, or by beadles, or by bell-ringing, or by force of figures, or by correct principles of taste, or by high church, or by low church, or by no church; whether he shall be set to splitting trusses of polemical straws with the crooked knife of his mind or whether he shall be put to stone-breaking instead.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The flesh swollen and discolored in the truss of the black stitching.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • They began mobilizing my liver, cutting away its ligaments and trusses.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Workers using the traveler could lift and position two trusses at a time.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • I went in, and it was half full o’ trusses of straw, and there was some hay too.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • I was thinking of ordering an electric truss from Petersburg-cash on delivery-I saw it in an advertisement.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Strongboar had grown furious at that, vowing bloody vengeance on the heads of any men who would truss up warriors to die like suckling pigs.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • He fished around again for the keys to Ted’s truck, then jogged out to the garage and gathered some bungee cords and wire, which he used to truss Ted up.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • YOUNG SINGERS of little experience and old ones of poor voice often found themselves in Bologna in a theater that was supported by huge trusses and timbers arrayed against its bulging outer walls.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Thus on some silver swan, or tim’rous hare, Jove’s bird comes sousing down from upper air; Her crooked talons truss the fearful prey: Then out of sight she soars, and wings her way.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • The planes come sparking out of the mountains to the south, glinting in the haze as they approach in a long line to make their landings, and I see the open-steel truss of the waste facility at the end of the road.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • He read the second story level of signs across the street, Joltz Nature System, Honest John Trusses, No Toothless Days.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • If Booth does indeed get the chance, he is allowed to capture the president, truss him like a pig, subject him to a torrent of verbal and mental harassment, and even punch him in the mouth, should the opportunity present itself.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • He read the second story level of signs across the street, Joltz Nature System, Honest John Trusses, No Toothless Days.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • But glimpses were to be caught of a roast leg of pork bursting into tears of sage and onion in a metal reservoir full of gravy, of an unctuous piece of roast beef and blisterous Yorkshire pudding, bubbling hot in a similar receptacle, of a stuffed fillet of veal in rapid cut, of a ham in a perspiration with the pace it was going at, of a shallow tank of baked potatoes glued together by their own richness, of a truss or two of boiled greens, and other substantial delicacies.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • In the next column, a fat black advertisement proclaimed that Dr. Hustletter’s Trusses were the Medical Triumph of the Age.
    Ouida Sebestyen  --  Words by Heart
  • It was the commoner girls who worked upstairs at the heavy tasks of truss-making and the finishing of artificial limbs.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • He had devised a new type of truss.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I threw away the goddam truss so it would get bad and I wouldn’t have to go to the line again.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • But I lost the truss.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • The thing that came next did not look like a building, but like a shell of checkered glass enclosing girders, cranes and trusses in a solid, blinding, orange spread of flame.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He had not thought of combining a truss with an arch, that day.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Listen, you know the contraption you called the Rearden Truss, that you admired so much?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
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