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n. pl. arcs-bou·tants (är′bo͞o-täN′)
See flying buttress.
[French : arc, arch (from Old French; see arc) + boutant, present participle of bouter, to thrust (from Old French; see butt1).]
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n, pl arcs-boutants (arkbutɑ̃)
(Architecture) another name for flying buttress
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|Noun||1.||arc-boutant - a buttress that stands apart from the main structure and connected to it by an arch|
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