What does buttress mean?

buttress meaning in General Dictionary

to aid with a buttress to prop to brace securely

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  • 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.

buttress meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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.)).

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  • late 14c., literal and figurative, from buttress (n.). Relevant: Buttressed; buttressing.

buttress meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A projecting size of masonry, utilized for resisting the push of an arch, or even for ornament and balance.

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  • (n.) any such thing which aids or strengthens.
  • (v. t.) To guide with a buttress; to prop; to brace securely.

Sentence Examples with the word buttress

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.

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