Gusset



[guhs-it] /ˈgʌs ɪt/

noun
1.
a small, triangular piece of material inserted into a shirt, shoe, etc., to improve the fit or for reinforcement.
Compare (def 1), 3 (def 1).
2.
Civil Engineering. a plate for uniting structural members at a joint, as in a steel frame or truss.
3.
Armor.

/ˈɡʌsɪt/
noun
1.
an inset piece of material used esp to strengthen or enlarge a garment
2.
a triangular metal plate for strengthening a corner joist between two structural members
3.
a piece of mail fitted between armour plates or into the leather or cloth underclothes worn with armour, to give added protection
verb
4.
(transitive) to put a gusset in (a garment)
n.

early 14c., from Old French gosset “armpit; piece of armor for the armpit” (13c.), apparently from gousse “shell of a nut,” of unknown origin. Originally an armorer’s term; of clothing from 1560s.

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