buttress

  • 1 buttress — n Buttress, pier, abutment are architectural terms for auxiliary structures designed to serve as a prop, shore, or support for a wall (as of a building). A buttress is a structure (as of masonry) projecting from and supporting a wall and often… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 Buttress — But tress, n. [OE. butrasse, boterace, fr. F. bouter to push; cf. OF. bouteret (nom. sing. and acc. pl. bouterez) buttress. See {Butt} an end, and cf. {Butteris}.] 1. (Arch.) A projecting mass of masonry, used for resisting the thrust of an arch …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Buttress — • A pilaster, pier, or body of masonry projecting beyond the main face of the wall and intended to strengthen the wall at particular points Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Buttress     Buttress …

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  • 4 buttress — [bu′tris] n. [ME boteras < OFr bouterez, pl. of bouteret, flying buttress < buter: see BUTT2] 1. a projecting structure, generally of brick or stone, built against a wall to support or reinforce it 2. anything like a buttress; support or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Buttress — But tress, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Buttressed} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Buttressing}.] To support with a buttress; to prop; to brace firmly. [1913 Webster] To set it upright again, and to prop and buttress it up for duration. Burke. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 buttress — early 14c., from O.Fr. botrez flying buttress, lit. buttressed, pl. of boteret support, from bouter to thrust against, of Frankish origin (Cf. O.N. bauta to strike, beat ), from P.Gmc. *butan, from PIE root *bhau to strike (see BUTT (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 buttress — [n] brace, support abutment, column, mainstay, pier, prop, reinforcement, shore, stanchion, stay, strut, underpinning; concept 440 buttress [v] support, bolster back up, beef up*, brace, build up, bulwark, carry, jack up, jazz up*, prop,… …

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  • 8 buttress — index bear (support), bulwark, corroborate, document, mainstay, maintain (sustain), reaffirm …

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  • 9 buttress — ► NOUN 1) a projecting support built against a wall. 2) a projecting portion of a hill or mountain. ► VERB 1) support with buttresses. 2) support or strengthen. ORIGIN from Old French ars bouterez thrusting arch …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 Buttress — This article is about an architectural structure. For the large tree root, see Buttress root. For slang, see buttocks. A buttress is an architectural structure built against (a counterfort) or projecting from a wall which serves to support or… …

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  • 11 buttress — buttressless, adj. buttresslike, adj. /bu tris/, n. 1. any external prop or support built to steady a structure by opposing its outward thrusts, esp. a projecting support built into or against the outside of a masonry wall. 2. any prop or support …

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  • 12 buttress — I UK [ˈbʌtrəs] / US noun [countable] Word forms buttress : singular buttress plural buttresses a structure made of brick or stone that sticks out from the wall of a building to support it • See: flying buttress II UK [ˈbʌtrəs] / US verb… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 buttress — Synonyms and related words: abutment, advocate, affirm, afford support, alpenstock, arc boutant, arm, athletic supporter, attest, authenticate, back, back up, backbone, backing, bandeau, bank, beam, bear, bear out, bear up, bearer, beef up,… …

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  • 14 buttress — I. noun Etymology: Middle English butres, from Anglo French (arche) boteraz thrusting (arch), ultimately from buter to thrust more at butt Date: 14th century 1. a projecting structure of masonry or wood for supporting or giving stability to a… …

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  • 15 buttress — but|tress1 [ˈbʌtrəs] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: boterez, from boter; BUTT2] a brick or stone structure built to support a wall buttress 2 buttress2 v [T] formal to support a system, idea, argument etc, especially by providing money …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 buttress — but|tress1 [ bʌtrəs ] noun count a structure made of brick or stone that sticks out from the wall of a building to support it => FLYING BUTTRESS buttress but|tress 2 [ bʌtrəs ] verb transitive FORMAL to make someone or something stronger by… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 buttress — [[t]bʌ̱trəs[/t]] buttresses, buttressing, buttressed 1) N COUNT Buttresses are supports, usually made of stone or brick, that support a wall. 2) VERB To buttress an argument, system, or person means to give them support and strength. [WRITTEN] [V …

    English dictionary

  • 18 buttress —    A mass of masonry or brickwork used as a support or brace counteracting the outward (lateral) thrust of an arch or vault. A pier buttress is a solid mass of masonry. A flying buttress is one which reaches over a side aisle to support the heavy …

    Glossary of Art Terms

  • 19 Buttress — ¤ A masonry projection used as additional support for walls. Notre Dame Cathedral is a good examlple of the use of Buttresses. ¤ Projection from a wall for additional support. (Wood, Margaret. The English Medieval House, 410) Related terms:… …

    Medieval glossary

  • 20 buttress — but•tress [[t]ˈbʌ trɪs[/t]] n. 1) bui archit. a projecting support built into or against the outside of a masonry wall to steady a structure by opposing its outward thrusts 2) any prop or support 3) something resembling a buttress in shape or… …

    From formal English to slang