straining arch


variants or strainer arch
: a construction (such as a flying buttress) that suggests an arch and is designed to resist end thrust

Word History


straining arch from straining (present participle of strain entry 2) + arch; strainer arch from strainer + arch

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“Straining arch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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