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  • n. Plural form of buttress.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of buttress.


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  • Basically you cut away low branches and remove the buttresses from the bottom of the trunk.

    A life less ordinary: Tobias Jones

  • Halperin buttresses his defense with a call for historians to engage in a valiant struggle: "to work against his or her intuitions, to counter them with hard-won apprehension of irreducible historical difference" (15).

    The Uses and Abuses of Historicism: Halperin and Shelley on the Otherness of Ancient Greek Sexuality

  • The weathered and channelled backs of five of the buttresses are the same date as those south of the nave; but the easternmost one has a flat raking back like those to the north and south of the choir and presbytery.

    Bell's Cathedrals: Chichester (1901) A Short History & Description Of Its Fabric With An Account Of The Diocese And See

  • For our bones within us are but inside walls and buttresses, that is to say, houses constructed of lime and stone, as it were, by coral insects; and our houses without us are but outside bones, a kind of exterior skeleton or shell, so that we perish of cold if permanently and suddenly deprived of the coverings which warm us and cherish us, as the wing of a hen cherishes her chickens.

    Life and Habit

  • I continued to write successful books, and in sociological controversy I saw my opponents confuted with the facts of the times that daily reared new buttresses to my intellectual position.

    Chapter 31

  • Daylight knew also his history, the prime old American stock from which he had descended, his own war record, the John Dowsett before him who had been one of the banking buttresses of the Cause of the Union, the Commodore Dowsett of the War of 1812 the General Dowsett of

    Chapter I

  • Close to one third of my project was retaining walls, buttresses and voids.


  • Hence the Romans developed buttresses and heavy thick walls to counteract this outward-pushing lateral force.

    The cupola: Spain's gift to Mexico's colonial architecture

  • During the Renaissance, Italian engineers/architects developed the concept of a tension ring around the base of the dome, which helped eliminate the need of buttresses or other lateral reinforcement at the base.

    The cupola: Spain's gift to Mexico's colonial architecture

  • So the columns inside rose to impossible heights, dwarfing worshipers as they stood meekly below; flying buttresses supported huge, broken-arched ceilings, which seemed by their very construction to reach, no, to be the heights of heaven.

    In the Valley of the Shadow


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