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abutment

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noun abut·ment \ə-ˈbət-mənt\

Simple Definition of abutment

  • : a heavy structure that supports something (such as a bridge)

Full Definition of abutment

  1. 1 :  the place at which abutting occurs

  2. 2 :  the part of a structure (as an arch or a bridge) that directly receives thrust or pressure

Examples of abutment

  1. The car crashed into a bridge abutment.



1644

First Known Use of abutment

1644


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abutment

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noun abut·ment \ə-ˈbət-mənt\

Medical Definition of abutment

  1. :  a tooth to which a prosthetic appliance (as a denture) is attached for support




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