from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An arched masonry support serving to bear thrust, as from a roof or vault, away from a main structure to an outer pier or buttress.
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- noun architecture a buttress that stands apart from the structure that it supports, and is connected to it by an
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- noun a buttress that stands apart from the main structure and connected to it by an arch
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