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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.
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Previously, plate designs providing quadrilateral surface buttressing proved superior in terms of fracture stability and prevention of medial subluxation as compared to traditional fracture fixation techniques [9].
Baldcypress, Taxodium distichum (L.) Rich., displays buttressing in wetlands across its range in the Southeastern United States and this species is often the dominant tree in both deep-water swamps and bottomland
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.
Recently, Hebets (2002) demonstrated that individuals of the whip spider Phrynus parvulus Pocock 1902 select microhabitats based on the tree surface, moss cover, and the presence of buttressing. In this study, we investigated if individuals of the Amazonian whip spider Heterophrynus longicornis (Butler 1973), which are commonly observed on the bark of large trees and inside natural cavities in fallen logs (Beck 1968; Weygoldt 1972a, 1977), also exhibit microhabitat selection.
A Supreme Court decision in 2003 overturned a Texas anti-sodomy law, buttressing its ruling with decisions made by European courts.