from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A metal stand with short feet, used under a hot dish on a table.
- n. A three-legged stand made of metal, used for supporting cooking vessels in a hearth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a stand with three short legs, especially for cooking over a fire
- n. a stand, sometimes with short, stumpy feet, used to support hot dishes and protect a table; a hot coaster
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tree-legged stool, table, or other support; especially, a stand to hold a kettle or similar vessel near the fire; a tripod.
- n. A weaver's knife. See Trevat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A three-footed stool or stand; a tripod; especially, an iron tripod on which to place cooking-vessels or anything which is to be kept hot by the fire.
- n. In heraldry, a bearing representing the three-legged iron support used in cooking.
- n. A knife for cutting the loops of terry fabrics, such as velvets or Wilton carpets, in which the looped warp is formed over wires in the shed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a stand with short feet used under a hot dish on a table
- n. a three-legged metal stand for supporting a cooking vessel in a hearth
Middle English trevet, stand for cooking vessels, from Old English trefet, probably alteration (influenced by Old English thrifēte, three-footed) of Latin tripēs, triped- : tri-, tri- + pēs, foot.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English trefet, from Latin tripes, ‘tripod’. (Wiktionary)