American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A horizontal beam or bar held up by two pairs of divergent legs and used as a support.
- n. A framework consisting of vertical, slanted supports and horizontal crosspieces supporting a bridge.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A frame, consisting of a beam or bar fixed at each end to a pair of spreading legs, for use as a support. A single trestle is often used by mechanics to rest work against; two or more trestles serve as a support for a board or other object laid upon them horizontally for some temporary purpose. Early household tables commonly consisted of boards laid upon movable trestles, the board in this case being the table proper; and trestle, in the singular, is sometimes used for the whole support of a table when the parts are joined into a framework.
- n. Same as puncheon.
- n. In heraldry, a low stool or bench used as a bearing: usually represented with three legs.
- n. In civil engineering, a framework for supporting string-pieces, as of a railway, a bridge, or other elevated structure, composed of uprights with diagonal braces, and either with or without horizontal timbers below the stringers.
- n. plural The shores or props of a ship under construction.
- n. Same as trestletree.
- n. In leather manufacturing, the sloping plank on which skins are laid while being curried.
- n. An obsolete form of threshold.
- n. A horizontal member supported near each end by a pair of divergent legs, such as sawhorses.
- n. A folding or fixed set of legs used to support a table-top or planks
- n. A framework, using spreading, divergent pairs of legs used to support a bridge.
- n. A trestle bridge
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A movable frame or support for anything, as scaffolding, consisting of three or four legs secured to a top piece, and forming a sort of stool or horse, used by carpenters, masons, and other workmen; also, a kind of framework of strong posts or piles, and crossbeams, for supporting a bridge, the track of a railway, or the like.
- n. The frame of a table.
- n. a supporting tower used to support a bridge
- n. sawhorses used in pairs to support a horizontal tabletop
- Middle English trestel, from Old French, alteration of Vulgar Latin *trāstellum, trānstellum, diminutive of Latin trānstrum, beam; see transom. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Retell “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce using a local train trestle and creek as the setting.”
“He recalled the trestle west of the forest where the bindlestiffs from the Pacific Fruit line jungled up at nights, or during long layovers.”
“The trestle was a double-decked structure of yellow pine, with 10 by 10-in. posts and sills, 10 by 14-in. intermediate and top caps, and 2 by 10-in. longitudinal and cross-braces.”
“The network of the trestle was a maze of incised lines against the shaded bank opposite.”
“No, but the trestle is the sticker," some one remarked.”
“We would have taken any way rather than this; but it was late and growing dark, and the trestle was a short cut home.”
“However, the long-term safety and adequacy of the trestle is the primary concern, and if those considerations dictate a necessity to replace the whole thing, we will do it," he said.”
“It burned the wooden ties on the trestle, which is about four miles north of Chama.”
“However, the long-term safety and adequacy of the trestle is the primary concern - and if those considerations dictate a necessity to replace the whole thing, we will do it.”
“Sells and Snohomish County Public Works Director Steve Thomsen said the study will help in developing a long-term replacement strategy for the aging trestle, which is a major link for commuters traveling from I-5 to points east.”
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