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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See flying buttress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative for a flying buttress

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A buttress that stands apart from the main structure and connected to it by an arch; same as flying buttress.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a buttress that stands apart from the main structure and connected to it by an arch

Etymologies

French : arc, arch (from Old French; see arc) + boutant, present participle of bouter, to thrust (from Old French; see butt1).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French (Wiktionary)

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