from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A structure, usually brick or stone, built against a wall for support or reinforcement.
- n. Something resembling a buttress, as:
- n. The flared base of certain tree trunks.
- n. A horny growth on the heel of a horse's hoof.
- n. Something that serves to support, prop, or reinforce: "The law is by its very nature a buttress of the status quo” ( J. William Fulbright).
- transitive v. To support or reinforce with a buttress.
- transitive v. To sustain, prop, or bolster: "The author buttresses her analysis with lengthy dissections of several of Moore's poems” ( Warren Woessner).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A brick or stone structure built against another structure to support it.
- n. Anything that serves to support something; a prop.
- n. A buttress-root.
- n. A feature jutting prominently out from a mountain or rock; a crag, a bluff.
- v. To support something physically with, or as if with, a prop or buttress.
- v. To support something or someone by supplying evidence; to corroborate or substantiate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A projecting mass of masonry, used for resisting the thrust of an arch, or for ornament and symmetry.
- n. Anything which supports or strengthens.
- transitive v. To support with a buttress; to prop; to brace firmly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A structure built against a wall, for the purpose of giving it stability.
- n. Figuratively, any prop or support.
- n. In farriery, an instrument of steel set in wood, for paring the hoof of a horse.
- To support by a buttress; hence, to prop or prop up, literally or figuratively.
- n. A wall or abutment built along a stream to prevent the logs in a drive from cutting the bank or jamming.
- n. The angle formed on the plantar surface of the hoof by the junction of the wall with the bar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make stronger or defensible
- n. a support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building
- v. reinforce with a buttress
Salvini, a noted Italian democrat, was right on the mark when he observed: "The widespread ignorance of events is the main buttress of injustice".
And when this policy seemed in danger of leading to regression as a result of electoral defeat, the commit ment to electoral (hence revisionist) activism was characterized as a buttress to the established theory of societal breakdown rather than as a major concession to revisionist ideology.
Close to this window, and rising up just above the sill of the clerestory windows, is a narrow, flat buttress, which is probably of the same date as the window.
To the right of the buttress is a long two-cusped lancet light; to the left may be traced, perhaps, the outline of an original round-arched window; while on both sides there are sloping lines in the masonry, as if there had been an acutely-pointed gable here.
The end of the buttress was a foot or two below the level of the leads, where Clara stood.
ChangeWave's survey results on dropped calls buttress the complaints made by iPhone users since Apple introduced the smartphone: AT&T's network performance is sub-standard.
Dr. LACEY: And in some cases, people even change what they eat, because many times, what you'll see in a person who's sleep deprived is they will tend to snack more on high-carb types of foods and snacks in order to kind of buttress their general energy level in an attempt to kind of self-stimulate and keep themselves more awake.
Where Shakespeare makes this the essential focus of his play (in which the revenge tragedy arc is merely a clothesline on which the rest hangs), the Nolans use it as a kind of buttress (though perhaps a central buttress) in a complicated plot made up mostly of action-adventure tropes.
We have found in the wall's western half two rectangular recesses on either side of a central "buttress" with a semicircular recess, still almost completely covered with red wall plaster (see restoration and conservation).
This kind of buttress was also used in the next, or Semi-Norman style.