abutment

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

Definition of abutment

1 : the place at which one things 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 Construction vehicles will use the access road when building the abutment of a bridge that will carry light-rail trains over Colesville Road, Julian said. Washington Post, "Md. man charged in 2018 killing in Congress Heights," 6 Dec. 2019 To the north and south are abutments from the old Eagle Avenue Bridge and the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Lawsuit seeks $11.5M, claiming Cleveland destroyed property’s value when old street became a park," 19 July 2019 Da Vinci would have added what are known as wing walls, abutments out to the side of the bridge, steadying it during harsh conditions. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "500 Years Later, MIT Proves That Da Vinci's Bridge Design Works," 10 Oct. 2019 Since the region was prone to earthquakes, Leonardo also incorporated abutments splaying outward on either side of the bridge to stabilize the structure against lateral motion. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Testing Leonardo da Vinci’s bridge: His design was stable, study finds," 16 Oct. 2019 It will be replaced with 21st century concrete abutments on both sides of the banks and a crane will be used to drop a prefabricated bridge in. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Bridging gaps along the Hop River State Park Trail in Coventry," 9 Aug. 2019 What Barbara wants to do is avoid driving off the road or into a bridge abutment. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How to handle a ‘medical event’ while driving?," 18 Aug. 2019 What Barbara wants to do is avoid driving off the road, or into a bridge abutment. Ray Magliozzi, courant.com, "Car Talk: Till death do us part," 8 July 2019 Maxwell said other work this fall will include the repair of earthquake damage to the abutments on the new northbound bridge, which saw its approach slab sink on both ends in the magnitude 7.1 earthquake on Nov. 30, 2018. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Work begins on second phase of Glenn Highway bridge project in Eagle River," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of abutment was in 1644

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27 Jan 2020

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“Abutment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abutment. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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abutment

noun
How to pronounce abutment (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of abutment

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

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, 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

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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