from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In carpentry, the framework of a roof, consisting of thrust- and tiepieces. E. H. Knight. See cuts under roof and pendent.
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He would elude his father if he could, but the roof-truss was small, and the old gentleman's voice was already at the roof door.
A fire-sprinkler lay ready in the roof-truss, and cloths were at hand to dip into water and protect the places most in danger.
These early sheds were all of very similar design, and were composed of trestles with some ordinary form of roof-truss.
They invented and developed a variety of forms of roof-truss in which the proper distribution of the strains was combined with a highly decorative treatment of the several parts by carving, moulding, and arcading.
He made the tie-beams of the roof-truss, which are thirty-eight braccia in length from wall to wall, of a number of timbers well scarfed and fastened together, since it was not possible to find beams of sufficient size for the purpose; and whereas the tie-beams of other roof-trusses have only one king-post, all those of this Hall have three each, a king-post in the middle, and a queen-post on either side.
I have thought it right to describe how this roof-truss is made, because it was constructed with beautiful design, and I have seen drawings made of it by many for sending to various places.
A derrick, the half of an English roof-truss, a Whipple girder, the other half of the roof-truss and another derrick, are very excellent things in thmeselves, but to string them together upon one line, thereby making a bridge, is not engineering, nor is it architecture.