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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Definitions for true

  1. To make true; shape, adjust, place, etc., exactly or accurately: to true the wheels of a bicycle after striking a pothole.
  2. (Especially in carpentry) to make even, symmetrical, level, etc. (often followed by up): to true up the sides of a door.

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Citations for true
Have your shop replace the spoke and true the wheel, and make sure they check all spokes for signs of damage or wear. Wes Hobson, Clark Campbell, Michael F. Vickers, Swim, Bike, Run
…fresh new magazines, in stacks lovingly squared and trued, waited on shelves cunningly sited just inside the front door. Robert Sampson, Yesterday's Faces
Origin of true
900
True, in the common sense of "real and authentic," has been in the English language since at least the 1200s. The less-common verb form of the word was first used in the 1840s, particularly with reference to mechanics.