buttressing


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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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.buttressing - 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"
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Seen from the ship, their summits appeared inaccessible, but here and there sloping spurs extended from them almost into the sea, buttressing the lofty elevations with which they were connected, and forming those radiating valleys I have before described.
So I had to pile the night coal higher and higher, buttressing up the heap with stout planks.
Kurz and Demaree (1934) believed curvature in buttressing was a function of the duration of time the trunk was exposed to various combinations of water and air.
The second and third experiments - which each also involved 10 male subjects - tested the hypothesis that a fist provides buttressing to protect the hand during punching.
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A Supreme Court decision in 2003 overturned a Texas anti-sodomy law, buttressing its ruling with decisions made by European courts.