plural -s
: a buttress built against or integral with a wall (as a retaining wall or dam) but on the back or thrust-receiving side

Word History


partial translation of Middle French contrefort, from contre- counter- + fort strength, force, from fort, adjective, strong

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“Counterfort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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