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TROUNCE, v.t. [trouns; Qu. Fr. tronçon, tronçonner.]

To punish, or to beat severely. [A low word.]


A severe beating.


Besting severely.

TROUSE, n. [trooz. See Trousers.]

A kind of trowsers worn by children.

TROUT, n. [Sax. truht; Fr. truite; It. trota; D. truit; L. trutta; Sp. trucha. Trout is contracted from trocta.]

A river fish of the genus Salmo, variegated with spots, and esteemed as most delicate food.


White with spots of black, bay or sorrel; as, a trout-colored horse.


The fishing for trouts.


A stream in which trout breed.

TRO'VER, n. [Fr. trouver, It. trovare, to find; Sw. träffa, to hit; Dan. treffer, to meet with; træf, an accident; D. and G. treffen, to meet, to hit. Trover is properly the finding of any thing. Hence,]

  1. In law, the gaining possession of any goods, whether by finding or by other means.
  2. An action which a man has against another who has found or obtained possession of any of his goods, and who refuses to deliver them on demand. This is called an action of trover and conversion. In this case, the trover or finding is an immaterial fact, but the plaintif must prove his own property, and the possession and conversion of the goods by the defendant. Blackstone.

TROW, v.i. [Sax. treowian, treowan, to believe, to trust; G. trauen; Sw. tro; Dan. troer; contracted from trogan, and coinciding with the root of truth. See True.]

To believe; to trust; to think or suppose. [Obs.] Spenser. Hooker.

TROW, v.i. [used in the imperative, as a word of inquiry.]

What means the fool, trow?

TROW'EL, n. [Fr. truelle; L. trulla; D. troffel. Qu. D. and G. treffen, to hit, to strike, hence to put on.]

  1. A mason's tool, used in spreading and dressing mortar, and breaking bricks to shape them.
  2. A gardener's tool, somewhat like a trowel, made of iron and scooped; used in taking up plants and for other purposes. Cyc.

TROWELED-STUCCO, n. [Troweled Stucco.]

Stucco left ready for the reception of paint.

TROWS'ERS, n. [plur. s as z; Gaelic, triusan; Fr. trousse, a truss, a bundle; W. trws, a garment that covers; trouse, dress; trwsa, a truss, a packet; trwsiaw, to dress; Gaelic, trusam, to gird or truss up.]

A loose garment worn by males, extending from the waist to the knee or to the ankle, and covering the lower limbs.

TROY, or TROY-WEIGHT, n. [said to have been named from Troyes, in France, where it was first adopted in Europe. The troy ounce is supposed to have been brought from Cairo during the crusades. Some persons however say that the original name was tron.]

The weight by which gold and silver, jewels, medicines, &c. are weighed. In this weight, 20 grains = a scruple, 3 scruples = a dram, 8 drams = an ounce, and 12 ounces = one pound. In weighing gold, silver, &c., scruples and drams are not used, but the pennyweight, which is 24 grains, is employed in their stead; the pennyweight is not used in weighing medicines.

TRU'ANT, a. [Fr. truand.]

Idle; wandering from business; loitering; as, a truant boy. While truant Jove, in infant pride, / Play'd barefoot on Olympus' side. Trumbull.


An idler; an idle boy.

TRU'ANT, v.i.

To idle away time; to loiter or be absent from employment. Shak.

TRU'ANT-LY, adv.

Like a truant; in idleness.


idleness; neglect of employment. Ascham.


An herb. Ainsworth.


A short squat woman. [Obs.] Ainsworth.

TRUCE, n. [Goth. triggwa; It. tregua; Norm. trewe; Ice. trigd; Cimbric, trugth; properly a league or pact, from the root of trick, to make fast, to fold. See True.]

  1. In war, a suspension of arms by agreement of the commanders; a temporary cessation of hostilities, either for negotiation or other purpose.
  2. Intermission of action, pain or contest; temporary cessation; short quiet. There he may find / Truce to his restless thoughts. Milton.

TRUCE-BREAK-ER, n. [truce and breaker.]

One who violates a truce, covenant or engagement. 2 Tim. iii.


An interpreter. [See Dragoman.]