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Definition a structural form (rigid, web-like assembly of smaller — usually triangular members) that supports a roof, bridge or other structure
  • The same trusses carry the weight of the roof and the ceiling.
  • They began mobilizing my liver, cutting away its ligaments and trusses.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The flesh swollen and discolored in the truss of the black stitching.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • 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
  • 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
  • I went in, and it was half full o' trusses of straw, and there was some hay too.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • 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 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
  • The monk in back was moaning now, struggling against his trusses.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I was thinking of ordering an electric truss from Petersburg-cash on delivery-I saw it in an advertisement.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Workers using the traveler could lift and position two trusses at a time.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • "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
  • On the table was a pile of trusses, yellow wash-leather hoops tangled together.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The bridge was to be a single twelve-hundred-foot truss span.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • But I'll have her on that plane if I have to truss her up and send her air freight.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon

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