American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A metal stand with short feet, used under a hot dish on a table.
- n. A three-legged stand made of metal, used for supporting cooking vessels in a hearth.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A three-footed stool or stand; a tripod; especially, an iron tripod on which to place cooking-vessels or anything which is to be kept hot by the fire.
- n. In heraldry, a bearing representing the three-legged iron support used in cooking. It is usually represented in plan, or as looked at from above, the feet or uprights seen in perspective.
- n. A knife for cutting the loops of terry fabrics, such as velvets or Wilton carpets, in which the looped warp is formed over wires in the shed. Each wire has a groove at the top to serve as a guide for the trivet, which can be run rapidly along the wires, cutting all the loops and thus making a pile fabric or cut pile fabric.
E. H. Knight.
- n. a stand with three short legs, especially for cooking over a fire
- n. a stand, sometimes with short, stumpy feet, used to support hot dishes and protect a table; a hot coaster
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A tree-legged stool, table, or other support; especially, a stand to hold a kettle or similar vessel near the fire; a tripod.
- n. A weaver's knife. See Trevat.
- n. a stand with short feet used under a hot dish on a table
- n. a three-legged metal stand for supporting a cooking vessel in a hearth
- Old English trefet, from Latin tripes, ‘tripod’. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English trevet, stand for cooking vessels, from Old English trefet, probably alteration (influenced by Old English thrifēte, three-footed) of Latin tripēs, triped- : tri-, tri- + pēs, foot. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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