from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A structure of open latticework, especially one used as a support for vines and other creeping plants.
- n. An arbor or arch made of latticework.
- transitive v. To provide with a trellis, especially to train (a vine) on a trellis.
- transitive v. To make (something) in the form of a trellis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An outdoor garden frame which can be used for partitioning a common area.
- n. An outdoor garden frame which can be used to grow vines or other climbing plants.
- n. A kind of graph used in communication theory and encryption.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A structure or frame of crossbarred work, or latticework, used for various purposes, as for screens or for supporting plants.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A structure of light cross-bars, as of wood, nailed together where they cross one another, or of thin ribbons of metal, or of wire imitating this.
- n. A shed, canopy, summer-house, or the like composed, or partly composed, of trellis-work. Such buildings are utilized especially for the support of growing vines.
- n. In heraldry, same as treille or lattice, 3.
- To furnish with trellises or trellis-work; especially, to support or train on trellises: as, to trellis a vine.
- To form into trellis-work; interlace; interweave.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. latticework used to support climbing plants
- v. train on a trellis, as of a vine
Middle English trelis, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *trilīcius, from Latin trilīx, trilīc-, woven with three threads : tri-, tri- + līcium, thread.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English trelis, from Anglo-Norman treleis, from Old French treille ("arbor"), from Latin trichila ("arbor", "summer house") (Wiktionary)