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- n. Plural form of butment.
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Broad and fair just beneath us, it narrows to a little strait of green between the butments that uplift the giant domes.
The central door-way is divided by a pillar, rising from a carved cylindrical base into two smaller arches; but the whole design and finish cannot be made out, in consequence of the introduction of the porch, the foundation and butments of which are built against it.
The awful rocks present their everlasting butments, the water murmurs and foams far below, and the two mountains rear their proud heads on each side, separated by a channel of sublimity.
A bridge once connected it with the road on the opposite bank, but it was carried away three or four years ago, and its ragged butments stand as a monument of procrastination, while the stream is crossed by means of a flatboat and a cable.
As I'm a living man I have no difficulty in discerning the gigantic butments of a great bridge that formerly spanned that immense river! "