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  • n  (medicine) a bandage consisting of a pad and belt; worn to hold a hernia in place by pressure
  • n  a framework of beams (rafters, posts, struts) forming a rigid structure that supports a roof or bridge or other structure
  • n  (architecture) a triangular bracket of brick or stone (usually of slight extent)
  • v  tie the wings and legs of a bird before cooking it
  • v  secure with or as if with ropes
  • v  support structurally
    truss the roofs
    trussed bridges

  • The killer's notion is to kidnap someone, truss him up in a basement in front of a video camera, and post the torture on his Internet site.
  • The octet truss can be extended in any of twelve directions, used whenever a light and inexpensive space frame is needed to span great distances.
  • Explains Pei: "Since the outer walls are trusses, I had to obey the stress lines developed in the truss.
News & Articles

  • Residents continue with clean-up
    Owners at Precision Truss west of Marysville discuss recovery efforts with Gov. Sam Brownback May 29. The company plans to rebuild on the site that was demolished in a Memorial Day tornado.
    June 12, 2013 - The Marysville Advocate
  • Bridge Linking Haddam And East Haddam Swings Into Second Century
    Parade, Car Show And Activities Saturday To Mark Swing Bridge Centennial They call it the "Singing Bridge" from the humming sound your tires make on the open-grated deck. But the steel-truss "Swing Bridge," spanning the Connecticut River between Haddam and East Haddam, doesn't always perform on cue.        
    June 12, 2013 - Hartford Courant
  • Report on I-5 bridge collapse says trucker ‘felt crowded’
    A report released by the National Transportation Safety Board written from preliminary accounts of the collision that caused the bridge collapse on Interstate 5 near Mount Vernon, Wash., over the Skagit River says that the top of an oversize load collided with an overhead portal and some sway braces on the far right side of the bridge’s truss structure.
    June 12, 2013 - eTrucker

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