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buttress

noun but·tress \ ˈbə-trəs \
Updated on: 13 Apr 2018

Definition of buttress

1 architecture : a projecting structure of masonry or wood for supporting or giving stability to a wall or building
2 : something that resembles a buttress: such as
a : a projecting part of a mountain or hill
b biology : a horny protuberance on a horse's hoof at the heel — see hoof illustration
c botany : the broadened base of a tree trunk or a thickened vertical part of it
3 : something that supports or strengthens
  • a buttress of the cause of peace

buttressed

play \-trəst\ adjective

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Examples of buttress in a Sentence

  1. the mother had always been the buttress of our family in trying times

  2. after the wall collapsed, the construction company agreed to rebuild it with a buttress

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Origin and Etymology of buttress

Middle English butres, from Anglo-French (arche) boteraz thrusting (arch), ultimately from buter to thrust — more at butt

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buttress

verb

Definition of buttress

architecture : to give support or stability to (a wall or building) with a projecting structure of masonry or wood : to furnish or shore up with a buttress (see 1buttress 1); also : support, strengthen
  • arguments buttressed by solid facts

Examples of buttress in a Sentence

  1. The treaty will buttress the cause of peace.

  2. The theory has been buttressed by the results of the experiment.

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Origin and Etymology of buttress

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BUTTRESS Defined for English Language Learners

buttress

Definition of buttress for English Language Learners

  • : a structure built against a wall in order to support or strengthen it


buttress

Definition of buttress for English Language Learners

  • : to support, strengthen, or defend (something)


BUTTRESS Defined for Kids

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buttress

noun but·tress \ ˈbə-trəs \

Definition of buttress for Students

1 : a structure built against a wall or building to give support and strength
2 : something that supports, props, or strengthens

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buttress

verb

Definition of buttress for Students

buttressed; buttressing
: to support or strengthen : to support with or as if with a buttress


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