Definitions

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • The trellis is just on the edge of our lot, and the flowers would be planted in our neighbour's grass, and she's a bit particular about her grass.

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  • Make sure that the stick or trellis is in firm and upright; then plant your peas, pretty thick, and not

    Gardening by Myself

  • If you’d like to grow climbing vegetables in a small space, this simple DIY vegetable trellis is an excellent compliment to a small garden.

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  • As for covering up the electrical panel..... the trellis is a great idea.

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  • Just there climbing over, and falling over a trellis was a trumpet vine.

    The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming.

  • Just to the left of the kitchen wing is a little plot shut in by privet bushes and a trellis, which is where he says the _fine herbes_ are meant to grow.

    The House of Torchy

  • Beyond the trellis was a small, lonely garden; beyond the garden was a large, vague, woody space, where a few piles of old timber were disposed, and which he afterwards learned to be a relic of the shipbuilding era described to him by Doctor Prance; and still beyond this again was the charming lake-like estuary he had already admired.

    The Bostonians, Vol. II (of II)

  • I begin to know what the joy of the grape-vine is in running up the trellis, which is similar to that of the squirrel in running up a tree.

    The Complete Project Gutenberg Writings of Charles Dudley Warner

  • The vine of Christian ministry is people; the trellis is the various organizational structures that exist for the health of the vine.

    Desiring God Blog

  • The trellis is a three bar affair with two of the bars structured from a single piece of steel wire, rounded at the top to shape an arch, ends of the bar extend to for the base for placing the trellis into soil.

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