Definition of abutment
1 : the place at which abutting occurs
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
The car crashed into a bridge abutment.
Recent Examples of abutment from the Web
The flood took out most of the bridges, although some, like the wood bridge at the Glenoaks crossing, had abutments that diverted the water and protected some of the houses downstream.
Voss said concrete underneath the bridge had decayed partly from salt entering the seams of the abutments over time.
The truck went through a guardrail into the center median and struck a concrete bridge abutment.
The former railroad line has been converted into a greenway with colorful murals and graffiti painted on the bridge abutments along the trail.
The agency also repaired abutments and performed additional bridge repairs in collaboration with CSX.
The engineering firm is currently in the preliminary design stage of a project that will include at minimum the removal of the deck and replacement of all timber piles, abutment curtain walls and wing walls.
If that were to happen when the spillway was discharging, the internal water pressures could damage the spillway and surrounding rock abutment, the 2000 Bureau report states.
The team designed and constructed a miniature retaining wall such as those used in bridge abutments, using the least amount of reinforcement to support the soil and design loads.
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ABUTMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of abutment for English Language Learners
: a heavy structure that supports something (such as a bridge)
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
Legal Definition of abutment
: the place at which abutting occurs at the abutment of two properties
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