Dictionary: TRUSS – TRUTH-FUL

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In architecture, a framed assemblage of timbers for fastening or binding a beam, or for support.

TRUSS, n. [Fr. trousse; Dan. trosse, a cord or rope; Sw. tross; W. trwsa, a truss, a packet. See Trowsers.]

  1. In a general sense, a bundle; as, a truss of hay or straw. A truss of hay in England is half a hundred. A truss of straw is of different weights in different places.
  2. In surgery, a bandage or apparatus used in cases of hernia, to keep up the reduced parts and hinder further protrusion, made for other purposes. Cyc.
  3. Among botanists, a truss or bunch is a tuft of flowers formed at the top of the main stalk or stem of certain plants. Cyc.
  4. In navigation, a machine to pull a lower yard close to its mast and retain it firmly in that position. Cyc.
  5. [See Trous.]

TRUSS, v.t.

  1. To bind or pack close. Shak.
  2. To skewer; to make fast. To truss up, to strain; to make close or tight.


Packed or bound closely.


Packing or binding closely.

TRUST, n. [Dan. tröst, consolation; tröster, to comfort, that is, to strengthen; miströster, to distrust, to discourage; Sw. tröst, confidence, trust, consolation; trösta, to console; miströsta, to distrust, to despair. The Saxon has trywsian, to trust, to obligate. Qu. Gr. θαρσω.]

  1. Confidence; a reliance or resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship or other sound principle of another person. He that patteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. Prov. xxix.
  2. He or that which is the ground of confidence. O Lord God, thou art my trust from my youth. Ps. lxxi.
  3. Charge received in confidence. Reward them well, if they observe their trust. Denham.
  4. That which is committed to one's care. Never violate a sacred trust.
  5. Confident opinion of any event. His trust was with th' Eternal to be deem'd / Equal in strength. Milton.
  6. Credit given without examination; as, to take opinions on trust.
  7. Credit on promise of payment, actual or implied; as, to take or purchase goods on trust.
  8. Something committed to a person's care for use or management, and for which an account must be rendered. Every man's talents and advantages are a trust committed to him by his Maker, and for the use or employment of which he is accountable.
  9. Confidence; special reliance on supposed honesty.
  10. State of him to whom something is intrusted. I serve him truly, that will put me in trust. Shak.
  11. Care; management. 1 Tim. vi.
  12. In law, an estate, devised or granted in confidence that the devisee or grantee shall convey it, or dispose of the profits, at the will of another; an estate held for the use of another. Blackstone.

TRUST, v.i.

  1. To be confident of something present or future. I trust to come to you, and speak face to fare. 2 John xii. We trust we have a good conscience. Heb. xiii.
  2. To be credulous; to be won to confidence. Well, you may fear too far – / Safer than trust too far. Shak. To trust in, to confide in; to place confidence in; to rely on; a use frequent in the Scriptures. Trust in the Lord, and do good. Ps. xxxviii. They shall be greatly ashamed that trust in graven images. Is. xlii. To trust to, to depend on; to have confidence in; to rely on. The men of Israel trusted to the liers in wait. Judges xx.

TRUST, v.t.

  1. To place confidence in; to rely on. We can not trust those who have deceived us. He that trusts every one without reserve, will at last be deceived. Rambler.
  2. To believe; to credit. Trust me, you look well.
  3. To commit to the care of, in confidence. Trust your Maker with yourself and all your concerns.
  4. To venture confidently. Fool'd by thee, to trust thee from my side. Milton.
  5. To give credit to; to sell to upon credit, or in confidence of future payment. The merchants and manufacturers trust their customers annually with goods to the value of of millions. It is happier to be sometimes cheated, than not to trust. Rambler.


  1. Confided in; relied on; depended on; applied to persons.
  2. Sold on credit; as goods or property.
  3. Delivered in confidence to the care of another; as, letters or goods trusted to a carrier or bailee.


  1. A person to whom any thing or business is committed, in confidence that he will discharge his duty. The trustee of an estate is one to whom it is devised or granted in trust, or for the use of another.
  2. A person to whom is confided the management of an institution; as, the trustees of a college or of an academy.


One who trusts or gives credit.




In a trustful manner.



TRUST'I-LY, adv. [from trusty.]

Faithfully; honestly; with fidelity.

TRUST'I-NESS, n. [from trusty.]

That quality of a person by which he deserves the confidence of others; fidelity; faithfulness; honesty; as, the trustiness of a servant.


Confiding in; giving credit; relying on.


With trust or implicit confidence.


Not worthy of trust; unfaithful. Spenser.


Unworthiness of trust.


Quality of being trustworthy.


Worthy of trust or confidence.


  1. That may be safely trusted; that justly deserves confidence; fit to be confided in; as, a trusty servant. Addison.
  2. That will not fail; strong; firm; as, a trusty sword. Spenser.

TRUTH, n. [Sax. treowth, truth, and troth; G. treue; D. getrouwheid, fidelity, from trouw; trust, faith, fidelity, whence trouwen, to marry.]

  1. Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be. The truth of history constitutes its whole value. We rely on the truth of the Scriptural prophecies. My mouth shall speak truth. Prov. viii. Sanctify them through thy truths; thy word is truth. John xvii.
  2. True state of facts or things. The duty of a court of justice is to discover the truth. Witnesses are sworn to declare the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
  3. Conformity or words to thoughts, which is called moral truth. Shall truth fail to keep her word? Milton.
  4. Veracity; purity from falsehood; mace of speaking truth; habitual disposition to speak truth; as when we say, a man is a man of truth.
  5. Correct opinion. Harte.
  6. Fidelity; constancy. The thoughts of past pleasure and truth, / The best of all blessings below. Song.
  7. Honesty; virtue. It must appear / That malice bears down truth. Shak.
  8. Exactness; conformity to rule. Plows, to go true, depend much on the truth of the iron work. [Not in use.] Mortimer.
  9. Real fact or just principle; real state of things. There are innumerable truths with which we are not acquainted.
  10. Sincerity. God is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth. John iv.
  11. The truth of God, is his veracity and faithfulness. Or his revealed will. / I have walked in thy truth. Ps. xxvi.
  12. Jesus Christ is called the truth. John xiv.
  13. It is sometimes used by way of concession. She said, truth, Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crums. Matth. xv. That is, it is a truth; what you have said, I admit to be true. In truth, in reality; in fact. Of a truth, in reality; certainly. To do truth, is to practice what God commands. John iii.


Full of truth. Barrington.