abutment

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noun abut·ment \ə-ˈbət-mənt\

Definition of abutment

  1. 1 :  the place at which abutting occurs

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

Examples of abutment in a Sentence

  1. The car crashed into a bridge abutment.

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Origin and Etymology of abutment

abut + -ment


ABUTMENT Defined for English Language Learners

abutment

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Definition of abutment for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

abutment

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noun abut·ment \ə-ˈbət-mənt\

Medical Definition of abutment

  1. :  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, 1991 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, 2003


Law Dictionary

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noun abut·ment \ə-ˈbət-mənt\

Legal Definition of abutment

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


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