to aid with a buttress to prop to brace securely
- A projecting mass of masonry utilized for resisting the push of an arch or for decoration and balance
- reinforce with a buttress
- make stronger or defensible
- a support usually of stone or stone; supports the wall surface of a building
- A projecting size of masonry, employed for resisting the thrust of an arch, or for ornament and symmetry.
- Anything which aids or strengthens.
- to aid with a buttress; to prop; to brace securely.
early 14c., from Old French (arc) botrez "flying buttress," obviously from bouter "to thrust against," of Frankish beginning (compare Old Norse bauta "to hit, beat"), from Proto-Germanic *butan, from PIE root *bhau- "to strike" (see butt (v.)).
- late 14c., literal and figurative, from buttress (n.). Relevant: Buttressed; buttressing.
(letter.) A projecting size of masonry, utilized for resisting the push of an arch, or even for ornament and balance.
- (n.) any such thing which aids or strengthens.
- (v. t.) To guide with a buttress; to prop; to brace securely.
Its walls are lofty and supported by buttress bastions with loopholed turrets at intervals; the fortifications, however, are but of hard clay and are much out of repair.