flying buttress

noun
|Updated on: 7 Jun 2018

Definition of flying buttress

: a masonry structure that typically consists of a straight inclined bar carried on an arch and a solid pier or buttress against which it abuts and that receives the thrust of a roof or vault

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  • : a structure that supports a wall or building from the outside


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