buttress


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but·tress

 (bŭt′rĭs)
n.
1. A structure, usually brick or stone, built against a wall for support or reinforcement.
2. Something resembling a buttress, as:
a. The flared base of certain tree trunks.
b. A horny growth on the heel of a horse's hoof.
3. Something that serves to support, prop, or reinforce: "The law is by its very nature a buttress of the status quo" (J. William Fulbright).
tr.v. but·tressed, but·tress·ing, but·tress·es
1. To support or reinforce with a buttress.
2. To sustain, prop, or bolster: "The author buttresses her analysis with lengthy dissections of several of Moore's poems" (Warren Woessner).

[Middle English buteras, from Old French bouterez, from bouter, to strike against, of Germanic origin; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.]

buttress

(ˈbʌtrɪs)
n
1. (Architecture) Also called: pier a construction, usually of brick or stone, built to support a wall. See also flying buttress
2. any support or prop
3. something shaped like a buttress, such as a projection from a mountainside
4. (Zoology) either of the two pointed rear parts of a horse's hoof
vb (tr)
5. (Building) to support (a wall) with a buttress
6. to support or sustain
[C13: from Old French bouterez, short for ars bouterez thrusting arch, from bouter to thrust, butt3]

but•tress

(ˈbʌ trɪs)
n.
1. 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 position.
4. a bony or horny protuberance, esp. on a horse's hoof.
v.t.
5. to support by a buttress; prop up.
6. to give encouragement or support to.
[1350–1400; Middle English butres « Old French (arc) boterez thrusting (arch)]

buttress


Past participle: buttressed
Gerund: buttressing

Imperative
buttress
buttress
Present
I buttress
you buttress
he/she/it buttresses
we buttress
you buttress
they buttress
Preterite
I buttressed
you buttressed
he/she/it buttressed
we buttressed
you buttressed
they buttressed
Present Continuous
I am buttressing
you are buttressing
he/she/it is buttressing
we are buttressing
you are buttressing
they are buttressing
Present Perfect
I have buttressed
you have buttressed
he/she/it has buttressed
we have buttressed
you have buttressed
they have buttressed
Past Continuous
I was buttressing
you were buttressing
he/she/it was buttressing
we were buttressing
you were buttressing
they were buttressing
Past Perfect
I had buttressed
you had buttressed
he/she/it had buttressed
we had buttressed
you had buttressed
they had buttressed
Future
I will buttress
you will buttress
he/she/it will buttress
we will buttress
you will buttress
they will buttress
Future Perfect
I will have buttressed
you will have buttressed
he/she/it will have buttressed
we will have buttressed
you will have buttressed
they will have buttressed
Future Continuous
I will be buttressing
you will be buttressing
he/she/it will be buttressing
we will be buttressing
you will be buttressing
they will be buttressing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been buttressing
you have been buttressing
he/she/it has been buttressing
we have been buttressing
you have been buttressing
they have been buttressing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been buttressing
you will have been buttressing
he/she/it will have been buttressing
we will have been buttressing
you will have been buttressing
they will have been buttressing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been buttressing
you had been buttressing
he/she/it had been buttressing
we had been buttressing
you had been buttressing
they had been buttressing
Conditional
I would buttress
you would buttress
he/she/it would buttress
we would buttress
you would buttress
they would buttress
Past Conditional
I would have buttressed
you would have buttressed
he/she/it would have buttressed
we would have buttressed
you would have buttressed
they would have buttressed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.buttress - a support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building
arc-boutant, flying buttress - a buttress that stands apart from the main structure and connected to it by an arch
support - supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; "the statue stood on a marble support"
Verb1.buttress - reinforce with a buttress; "Buttress the church"
reenforce, reinforce - make stronger; "he reinforced the concrete"
2.buttress - make stronger or defensible; "buttress your thesis"
beef up, fortify, strengthen - make strong or stronger; "This exercise will strengthen your upper body"; "strengthen the relations between the two countries"

buttress

verb
1. support, sustain, strengthen, shore, prop, reinforce, back up, brace, uphold, bolster, prop up, shore up, augment His tough line is buttressed by a democratic mandate.

buttress

noun
A means or device that keeps something erect, stable, or secure:
verb
To present evidence in support of:
Translations
دَعامَه، رَكيزَه
opěrný pilířoporapodpěra zdi
afstiverstøttepille
támfal
veggstuîull, styrktarstoî
atrama
balsts

buttress

[ˈbʌtrɪs]
A. N
1. (Archit) → contrafuerte m
2. (fig) → apoyo m, sostén m
B. VT
1. (Archit) → apuntalar
2. (fig) → reforzar, apoyar

buttress

[ˈbʌtrəs]
ncontrefort m
vt (= strengthen) [+ system, argument, position] → étayer

buttress

n (Archit) → Strebepfeiler m; (fig)Pfeiler m
vt (Archit) wall(durch Strebepfeiler) stützen; (fig)stützen

buttress

[ˈbʌtrɪs]
1. ncontrafforte m, sperone m
2. vtarmare di contrafforti, rafforzare (con speroni) (fig) → tener su, tenere in piedi; (argument) → avvalorare

buttress

(ˈbatris) noun
a support built on to the outside of a wall.

buttress

n. contrafuerte, resfuerzo, sostén.
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