buttress definition

  • noun:
    • A structure, usually stone or rock, built against a wall for help or support.
    • One thing resembling a buttress, as:
    • The flared base of particular tree trunks.
    • A horny growth regarding the heel of a horse's hoof.
    • Something Which serves to aid, prop, or reinforce: "The law is through its very nature a buttress regarding the condition quo” ( J. William Fulbright).
    • A brick or rock structure built against another structure to aid it.
    • whatever acts to aid something; a prop.
    • A buttress-root.
    • an attribute jutting prominently out of a mountain or rock; a crag, a bluff.
    • A projecting size of masonry, useful for resisting the push of an arch, and for decoration and balance.
    • Everything which aids or strengthens.
    • A structure built against a wall, for the intended purpose of offering it stability.
    • Figuratively, any prop or assistance.
    • In farriery, a musical instrument of metallic set in lumber, for paring the hoof of a horse.
    • A wall or abutment built along a stream to avoid the logs in a drive from cutting the financial institution or jamming.
    • The perspective formed regarding the plantar surface of this hoof because of the junction of wall surface with the bar.
    • a support often of rock or stone; supports the wall surface of a building
  • verb-transitive:
    • to aid or reinforce with a buttress.
    • To sustain, prop, or bolster: "The author buttresses the woman evaluation with lengthy dissections of several of Moore's poems” ( Warren Woessner).
    • to guide with a buttress; to prop; to brace firmly.
  • verb:
    • To support one thing actually with, or as though with, a prop or buttress.
    • to aid anything or someone by supplying proof; to validate or substantiate.
    • make stronger or defensible
    • reinforce with a buttress
  • others:
    • To support by a buttress; for this reason, to prop or prop up, literally or figuratively.

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