Buttress

In architecture, a buttress is a projecting mass of masonry, used for resisting the outward thrust of an arch, to strengthen and support a wall, or for ornament and symmetry.
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Buttress

A buttress is an architectural structure built against or projecting from a wall which serves to support or reinforce the wall. Buttresses are fairly common on more ancient buildings, as a means of providing support to act against the lateral (sideways) forces arising out of the roof structures that lack adequate bracing. The term counterfort can
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Buttress

Wall projection for extra support; flying
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Buttress

an arch shaped support, used by builders of bridges and churches in the days before steel.
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buttress

[n] - a support usually of stone or brick 2. [v] - reinforce with a buttress 3. [v] - make stronger or defensible
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Buttress

projecting pillar added to a wall to strengthen it
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Buttress

A mass of brickwork built against a wall to carry the thrust and provide strength.
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Buttress

A projection from a wall to help support particular loads especially side thrusts from roofs.
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buttress

a stone, brick or wood structure projecting from a wall, designed to support it by counteracting lateral thrust
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buttress

a special threaded connection
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Buttress

An exterior masonry structure that opposes the lateral thrust of an arch or a vault and adds extra support.
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buttress

In architecture, a vertical mass of masonry that acts as a support or brace, projecting from the outer face of a wall at intervals. Its presence helps to resist the outward thrust of a vault,...
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Buttress

Also known as Pier.
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Buttress

Additional bracing wall or projecting support. It is often set at right angles to the main wall and usually tapers towards the top.
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Buttress

An additional bracing wall, often set at right angles to the main wall. It is usually constructed from brick or stone, and tapers towards its summit..
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Buttress

A rib of masonry projecting from the face of a wall. Its primary purpose is to strengthen the wall, and to resist the outward thrust of roof trusses or masonry vaulting, but it also has a decorative purpose.
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Buttress

A mass of masonry or brickwork that projects from, or is built against, a wall in order to give it additional strength. A pier buttress is an exterior pier that counteracts the thrust of an arch or vault. A flying buttress has an arch or half arch that transmits the thrust of a vault or roof from the upper part of a wall onto a buttress. C
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Buttress

Masonry built against a wall to give extra strength, and to distribute the downward thrust. See Flying Buttress.
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Buttress

But'tress noun [ Middle English butrasse , boterace , from French bouter to push; confer Old French bouteret (nom. sing. and acc. plural bouterez ) buttress. See Butt an end, and confer Butteris .] 1. (Architecture) A projecting mass of
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Buttress

But'tress transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Buttressed ; present participle & verbal noun Buttressing .] To support with a buttress; to prop; to brace firmly. « To set it upright again, and to prop and buttress it
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buttress

A flange of tissue protruding from the main outline of the base of a tree. ... (09 Oct 1997) ...
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buttress

buttressing noun a support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building
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buttress

verb make stronger or defensible; `buttress your thesis`
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Buttress

• (n.) A projecting mass of masonry, used for resisting the thrust of an arch, or for ornament and symmetry. • (n.) Anything which supports or strengthens. • (v. t.) To support with a buttress; to prop; to brace firmly.
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buttress

in architecture, exterior support, usually of masonry, projecting from the face of a wall and serving either to strengthen it or to resist the side ... [2 related articles]
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