trestle NOUN 1) a framework consisting of a horizontal beam supported by two pairs of sloping legs, used in pairs to support a flat surface such as a table top. 2) (also trestlework) an open braced framework used to support an elevated structure such as a bridge.
ORIGIN Old French trestel, from Latin transtrum 'beam' .

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(for supporting a table, bridge, etc.)

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  • Trestle — Tres tle, n. [OF. trestel, tresteay, F. tr[ e]teau; probably from L. transtillum a little crossbeam, dim. of transtrum a crossbeam. Cf. {Transom}.] [Written also {tressel}.] 1. A movable frame or support for anything, as scaffolding, consisting… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trestle — early 14c., a support for something, from O.Fr. trestel crossbeam (12c.), presumed to be an alteration of L. *transtellum, dim. of transtrum beam, crossbar. Specific meaning support for a bridge is recorded from 1796 …   Etymology dictionary

  • trestle — [tres′əl] n. [ME trestel < OFr < VL * transtellum, dim. of L transtrum, a beam: see TRANSOM] 1. a framework consisting of a horizontal beam fastened to two pairs of spreading legs, used to support planks to form a table, platform, etc. 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • Trestle — Other uses|Trestle (disambiguation) A trestle is a bridge that consists of a number of short spans, supported by splayed vertical elements and is usually for railroad use. Timber trestles were extensively used in the nineteenth century in… …   Wikipedia

  • trestle — noun a) A horizontal member supported near each end by a pair of divergent legs, such as sawhorses. He turned the knob, but the door was locked. Retracing his steps past a vacant lot, the young man entered a shop where a colored man was employed… …   Wiktionary

  • Trestle — Wilburton Trestle Trestle (engl.: Gerüst) oder auch Bockbrücke ist eine Brückenbauart, die aus einer Konstruktion mit Stützelementen kurzer Spannweite besteht, gestützt durch sich nach oben verjüngende vertikale Elemente und üblicherweise bei… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • trestle — Synonyms and related words: L, branch, buck, cable railway, clotheshorse, cog railway, el, electric railway, elevated, elevated railway, embankment, feeder, feeder line, gravity operated railway, horse, horse railway, junction, light railroad,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • trestle — UK [ˈtres(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms trestle : singular trestle plural trestles a frame that is shaped like the letter A , used especially for supporting a board to make a temporary table called a trestle table …   English dictionary

  • trestle — n. 1 a supporting structure for a table etc., consisting of two frames fixed at an angle or hinged or of a bar supported by two divergent pairs of legs. 2 (in full trestle table) a table consisting of a board or boards laid on trestles or other… …   Useful english dictionary

  • trestle — noun Trestle is used before these nouns: ↑table …   Collocations dictionary

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