abutment

noun
abut·ment | \ ə-ˈbət-mənt \
plural abutments

Definition of abutment 

1 : the place at which abutting occurs

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.

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Metro’s plan is to remove and dispose of the steel framing, concrete abutments and footers and regrade and revegetate the area, Ashe said. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Metro faces roadblock in race to demolish Georgetown trolley trestle," 1 June 2018 On the eastern banks of the Farmington River is the trust’s Henry Mason Trail, a loop that runs along the canal to the aqueduct abutments and north along the river. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "The Ruins Of An Engineering Wonder Along The Farmington River," 13 May 2018 The stone abutments can be seen, but there is no access across and hikers must go another 1.5 miles to Red Bridge Road and another nearly two miles down the eastern banks of the Quinebaug River to return to it. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Hiking Along The Banks Of A Lost Town," 20 May 2018 The car veered back onto the road and started to spin before slamming sideways into a concrete bridge abutment. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "The wreckage speaks: How police use impound lot to re-create a fatal crash," 6 Mar. 2018 The foundations and abutments for a bridge crossing Route 6/44 near the commuter parking lot is also underway. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "Pedestrian Bridge Being Installed Over Camp Meeting Road," 4 Apr. 2018 The Coast Guard restricted passage beneath the old bridge to the space between the two center abutments, a span of a few hundred feet. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "My 450-Mile Canoe Trip," 16 Mar. 2018 Lines do not exist in nature, so the curved line in the center of the painting is formed by the physical abutment of two canvases. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Tony DeLap's hybrids of painting and sculpture are impossible objects," 16 Mar. 2018 Mostly, that relies on pre-fabricating things like concrete decks, abutments, walls, barriers, and concrete topped steel girders, and hauling them to the work site. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "The Ordinary Engineering Behind the Horrifying Florida Bridge Collapse," 16 Mar. 2018

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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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abutment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of abutment

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

abutment

noun
abut·ment | \ ə-ˈbət-mənt \

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 \

Legal Definition of abutment 

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

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