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  • verb Present participle of buttress.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building


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  • The arrival of Bruce Lehman and Allan Timmerman were very important in buttressing the finance side of this research area.

    Robert F. Engle III - Autobiography

  • The top of the peak has a slightly slanting surface of perhaps twenty square yards, very irregular in outline; -- southwardly the morne pitches sheer into a frightful chasm, between the converging of two of those long corrugated ridges already described as buttressing the volcano on all sides.

    Two Years in the French West Indies

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  • Mr. Obama's laundry-list of initiatives—steep tax increases on wealthier Americans, fresh investigations into the mortgage crisis and support for domestic manufacturing—was aimed at buttressing a re-election message that posits him as defender of Americans beset by inequality in the tax code and broader economy.

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  • I see the two books, metaphorically speaking, as two sides of a gothic arch, each side buttressing the other.


  • It seems clear that Sarah Palin has been working hard on buttressing her knowledge of foreign policy issues, and her facility in discussing international affairs in a public setting.

    Sheldon Filger: Palin Scores on the World Stage, Does India and Israel in One Stride

  • While pundits continue to dwell on the supposedly collapsing poll numbers for Palin and trumpet the erosion of her presidential ambitions, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee was abroad, buttressing the one area seen as a major weakness in Palin's ability to project herself as a national political leader, foreign policy.

    Sheldon Filger: Palin Scores on the World Stage, Does India and Israel in One Stride

  • What's truly emblematic of the present-day alliance is the way Jeep -- and Chrysler overall -- is now buttressing Fiat, just two years after Fiat was the only thing standing between Chrysler and liquidation.

    David Kiley: Chrysler Adding Jobs In Detroit Part Of Bigger Success Story

  • And I am confident that big bookstore chains like Barnes and Noble are vigorously buttressing themselves against the onslaught of challenges to their retail model now being leveled at them by the rise of the e-book.

    John Shore: Love Loses: Barnes and Noble's Big Fat Bell Book Fail

  • Still, the Giants did fill a huge need by buttressing what were largely woeful special teams units with a lot of speed.

    Giants' Class Helps Solidify Special Teams


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