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Definition of "trestle" []

  • A horizontal beam or bar held up by two pairs of divergent legs and used as a support. (noun)
  • A framework consisting of vertical, slanted supports and horizontal crosspieces supporting a bridge. (noun)
  • A framework in the form of a horizontal member supported at each end by a pair of splayed legs, used to carry scaffold boards, a table top, etc (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A braced structural tower-like framework of timber, metal, or reinforced concrete that is used to support a bridge or ropeway (noun)
  • A bridge constructed of such frameworks (noun)

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Use "trestle" in a sentence
  • "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."