abutment


abut·ment

noun \ə-ˈbət-mənt\

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

Full Definition of ABUTMENT

1
:  the place at which abutting occurs
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.

First Known Use of ABUTMENT

1644

abut·ment

noun \ə-ˈbət-mənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ABUTMENT

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

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