truss rod

noun Building Trades.
a tie rod in a truss.
a diagonal iron or steel reinforcement in a wooden beam.
any iron or steel rod serving as a tension member.

1870–75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Each steel truss rod shall be equipped with a turnbuckle or truss tightener with tensile strength equal to the truss rod.
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