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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 The closure will last through Aug. 12, to allow Metra to start building the abutments of a new railroad bridge over the road, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation and Metra. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Metra bridge construction closing Foster Avenue for two weeks," 26 July 2019 The collapse of the bridge southwest of the town of Northwood occurred around 1:15 p.m. local time, and when deputies arrived, the trailer of the truck was hung up on the west abutment, the sheriff's office said. NBC News, "Too-heavy big rig collapses 100-year-old bridge in North Dakota, sheriff's office says," 23 July 2019 The district will be pouring concrete abutments and setting the bridge in the forest preserve back in place during the work. Beacon-news Staff, Aurora Beacon-News, "Trail closures planned in Aurora, Sugar Grove," 14 June 2019 Wolf Pecher, an associate professor at the University of Baltimore, leads Dan to the rare native plant, the purple-stemmed cliff brake, discovered growing in a railroad bridge abutment during a recent biodiversity survey in the Jones Falls Valley. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "What's growing in Baltimore: purple cliff brakes and 100 orchards," 11 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'abutment.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of abutment

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abutment

abut + -ment

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about abutment

Dictionary Entries near abutment

Abuta

ab utili

abutilon

abutment

abuttals

abutter

abutting

Statistics for abutment

Last Updated

8 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for abutment

The first known use of abutment was in 1644

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for abutment

abutment

noun

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on abutment

Spanish Central: Translation of abutment

Nglish: Translation of abutment for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of abutment for Arabic Speakers

Comments on abutment

What made you want to look up abutment? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!