abutment

noun
abut·​ment | \ ə-ˈbət-mənt How to pronounce abutment (audio) \
plural abutments

Definition of abutment

1 : the place at which one thing borders on or abuts another Once it chanced that I stood in the very abutment of a rainbow's arch, which filled the lower stratum of the atmosphere, tinging the grass and leaves around, and dazzling me as if I looked through colored crystal.— Henry David Thoreau
2a : the part of a structure (such as an arch or a bridge) that directly receives thrust or pressure
b dentistry : a tooth or part of a dental implant to which a prosthetic appliance (such as a bridge or artificial crown) is attached for support A dental bridge, like a highway bridge … is supported by abutments, sound teeth on either side of the empty gap.Mount Sinai Medical Center Family Guide to Dental Health

Examples of abutment in a Sentence

The car crashed into a bridge abutment.
Recent Examples on the Web Wauwatosa Police are investigating a fatal crash in which a 25-year-old man lost control of his vehicle and crossed over the median, hitting a light pole, tree and bridge abutment. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Feb. 2022 Abingdon Road will be closed by the MTAfrom 9 p.m. to midnight tonight to fix a pothole at the I-95 bridge abutment, weather permitting, according to a Harford County spokesperson. Jason Fontelieu, baltimoresun.com, 10 Feb. 2022 Poetry is dense and depends on the abutment of words and thoughts and ideas and suggestions. Ann Reynolds, ABC News, 3 Dec. 2021 According to police, Noelli was driving the vehicle on Quarry Road in Trumbull when the vehicle passed through an intersection and collided with a bridge abutment near Old Town Road. Seamus Mcavoy, courant.com, 30 Nov. 2021 According to a crash report from the National Transportation Safety Board, not only did the automatic brake system fail to engage, but the car also sped up into a concrete abutment. Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2021 But perhaps the pillbox wasn’t a bridge abutment, but rather an aboveground overflow tank for the sanitary district. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, 24 Oct. 2021 In a fatal crash in Mountain View, Calif., in 2018, a Tesla running on Autopilot drove head-on into a concrete abutment. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 In 2020, a 16-inch city water main burst at a bridge abutment over I-40 and dumped roughly 500,000 gallons on the freeway, a main freight route from California ports. Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of abutment

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abutment

abut + -ment

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“Abutment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abutment. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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abutment

noun
abut·​ment | \ ə-ˈbət-mənt How to pronounce abutment (audio) \

Medical Definition of abutment

: a tooth or part of a dental implant to which a prosthetic appliance (such as a bridge or artificial crown) is attached for support A dental bridge, like a highway bridge … is supported by abutments, sound teeth on either side of the empty gap.Mount Sinai Medical Center Family Guide to Dental Health Once the healing period is over, the gum is cut open again and a little metal cylinder called an abutment is put in the implant. It takes another few days for the gum to heal before the crown is put on …Harvard Health Letter

abutment

noun
abut·​ment | \ ə-ˈbət-mənt How to pronounce abutment (audio) \

Legal Definition of abutment

: the place at which abutting occurs at the abutment of two properties

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