from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of abutting.
- n. Something that abuts.
- n. The point of contact of two abutting objects or parts.
- n. The part of a structure that bears the weight or pressure of an arch.
- n. A structure that supports the end of a bridge.
- n. A structure that anchors the cables of a suspension bridge.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of abutting.
- n. That element that shares a common boundary or surface with its neighbor.
- n. The tooth that supports a denture or bridge.
- n. A fixed point or surface where resistance is obtained.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. State of abutting.
- n. That on or against which a body abuts or presses.
- n. The solid part of a pier or wall, etc., which receives the thrust or lateral pressure of an arch, vault, or strut.
- n. A fixed point or surface from which resistance or reaction is obtained, as the cylinder head of a steam engine, the fulcrum of a lever, etc.
- n. In breech-loading firearms, the block behind the barrel which receives the pressure due to recoil.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or condition of abutting.
- n. That which abuts or borders on something else; the part abutting or abutted upon or against.
- n. Sometimes shortened to butment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. point of contact between two objects or parts
- n. a masonry support that touches and directly receives thrust or pressure of an arch or bridge
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It's an abutment from a bridge that was put up to go over the Don Valley.
The January 2009 scare showed engineers that something was happening inside the abutment, which is part of an ancient landslide that fell off McDonald Ridge above the dam.
It's called the abutment, and will protrude above the gums to hold the porcelain tooth.
The abutment is the extension attached to the implant, supporting the crown.
Without even noticing the rumble strips, she slammed into a bridge abutment and rolled over several times into a dry riverbed.
I sit down on a massive stone abutment just across from Notre Dame, where grace hovers hesitantly above the shoulders of stalwart gargoyles.
In this project, which Metro announced in September, the transit authority says it will make preliminary repairs to stabilize the ground, the abutment and the aerial structure outside the Cheverly station.
"He hit that abutment and it just disintegrated," the witness told Newsday.
Robert Reecks -- a longtime commander of the Suffolk hate crimes unit -- drove off the road and crashed into a concrete abutment.
Then he drove his truck into a bridge abutment called Obamacare.