abutment

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

First Known Use of abutment

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abutment

abut + -ment

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Abuta

ab utili

abutilon

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abuttals

abutter

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The first known use of abutment was in 1644

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abutment

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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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