from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An arched masonry support serving to bear thrust, as from a roof or vault, away from a main structure to an outer pier or buttress. Also called arc-boutant.
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- n. a buttress that stands apart from the structure that it supports, and is connected to it by an arch (flyer).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a contrivance for taking up the thrust of a roof or vault which can not be supported by ordinary buttresses. It consists of a straight bar of masonry, usually sloping, carried on an arch, and a solid pier or buttress sufficient to receive the thrust. The word is generally applied only to the straight bar with supporting arch.
- n. See 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
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