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 for truss
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Truss \Truss\, n. [OE. trusse, F. trousse, OF. also tourse;
     perhaps fr. L. tryrsus stalk, stem. Cf. Thyrsus, Torso,
     Trousers, Trousseau.]
     1. A bundle; a package; as, a truss of grass. --Fabyan.
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              Bearing a truss of trifles at his back. --Spenser.
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     Note: A truss of hay in England is 56 lbs. of old and 60 lbs.
           of new hay; a truss of straw is 36 lbs.
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     2. A padded jacket or dress worn under armor, to protect the
        body from the effects of friction; also, a part of a
        woman's dress; a stomacher. [Obs.] --Nares.
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              Puts off his palmer's weed unto his truss, which
              bore
              The stains of ancient arms.           --Drayton.
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     3. (Surg.) A bandage or apparatus used in cases of hernia, to
        keep up the reduced parts and hinder further protrusion,
        and for other purposes.
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     4. (Bot.) A tuft of flowers formed at the top of the main
        stalk, or stem, of certain plants.
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     5. (Naut.) The rope or iron used to keep the center of a yard
        to the mast.
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     6. (Arch. & Engin.) An assemblage of members of wood or
        metal, supported at two points, and arranged to transmit
        pressure vertically to those points, with the least
        possible strain across the length of any member.
        Architectural trusses when left visible, as in open timber
        roofs, often contain members not needed for construction,
        or are built with greater massiveness than is requisite,
        or are composed in unscientific ways in accordance with
        the exigencies of style.
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     Truss rod, a rod which forms the tension member of a
        trussed beam, or a tie rod in a truss.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Truss \Truss\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trussed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Trussing.] [F. trousser. See Truss, n.]
     1. To bind or pack close; to tie up tightly; to make into a
        truss. --Shak.
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              It [his hood] was trussed up in his wallet.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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     2. To take fast hold of; to seize and hold firmly; to pounce
        upon. [Obs.]
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              Who trussing me as eagle doth his prey. --Spenser.
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     3. To strengthen or stiffen, as a beam or girder, by means of
        a brace or braces.
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     4. To skewer; to make fast, as the wings of a fowl to the
        body in cooking it.
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     5. To execute by hanging; to hang; -- usually with up.
        [Slang.] --Sir W. Scott.
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     To truss a person or To truss one's self, to adjust and
        fasten the clothing of; especially, to draw tight and tie
        the laces of garments. [Obs.] "Enter Honeysuckle, in his
        nightcap, trussing himself." --J. Webster (1607).
  
     To truss up, to strain; to make close or tight.
  
     Trussed beam, a beam which is stiffened by a system of
        braces constituting a truss of which the beam is a chord.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  truss
      n 1: (medicine) a bandage consisting of a pad and belt; worn to
           hold a hernia in place by pressure
      2: a framework of beams (rafters, posts, struts) forming a rigid
         structure that supports a roof or bridge or other structure
      3: (architecture) a triangular bracket of brick or stone
         (usually of slight extent) [syn: corbel, truss]
      v 1: tie the wings and legs of a bird before cooking it
      2: secure with or as if with ropes; "tie down the prisoners";
         "tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling
         shed" [syn: tie down, tie up, bind, truss]
      3: support structurally; "truss the roofs"; "trussed bridges"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  67 Moby Thesaurus words for "truss":
     bale, band, bandage, belt, bend, bind, bind up, bindle, bolt,
     bouquet, brace, budget, bundle, bundle up, chain, cinch, deck,
     deflate, disarm, do up, enchain, fagot, fardel, fasces, fascine,
     gag, gird, girdle, girt, girth, hamstring, handcuff, hobble,
     hog-tie, knock out, lace, lash, leash, manacle, muzzle, nosegay,
     pack, package, packet, paralyze, parcel, posy, prostrate, quiver,
     roll, roll up, rope, rouleau, sheaf, silence, splice, strangle,
     strap, swaddle, swathe, throttle, tie, tie up, truss up, wire,
     wrap, wrap up
  
  

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