- 1A projecting support of stone or brick built against a wall.More example sentences
- The remnant of a long-disused church building, it was built out of solid stone with massive buttresses supporting long, high walls.
- Around the perimeter, massive brick buttresses provide lateral restraint.
- Kain thanked the man and followed the directions, coming to a thickly built stone building with buttresses and smaller towers extending several stories above where the main building ended.
- 1.1A projecting portion of a hill or mountain.More example sentences
- Its position below the buttresses and ridges of Ben Nevis' convoluted north-east face really is outstanding.
- Across the valley the mute, cloud-shrouded buttresses of Johannesburg Mountain wait like ghosts.
- Pass above the steep buttresses to the summit then descend the Sron a’ Gharbh Choire Bhig back to your starting point.
- 2A source of defense or support: there was a demand for a new stable order as a buttress against social collapseMore example sentences
- Even ‘reverence for the emperor, the most important ideological buttress of the old order, was evidently giving way’.
- At every stage in a fairytale life, the stoic sensible lovely Lancashire lass has been Tom's buttress, giving unstinting support and keeping his feet firmly on the ground.
- In these short few weeks the coach must re-shape - he vehemently contests the description ‘rebuild’ - Rangers, with a new midfield, attack, and a defensive buttress or two.
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- 1Provide (a building or structure) with projecting supports built against its walls: (as adjective buttressed) a buttressed wallMore example sentences
- For example, huge ‘flying shores’ had to be fitted to buttress the structure against movement.
- Preparing for all these people, and buttressing runways for a plane that can weigh 544 tonnes on takeoff, is not cheap.
- The outer walls were buttressed with typical large blocks while within, they were fashioned from small unfinished stones mortared into place, reminding one of a traditional castle or keep in Avalon or Torrencia.
- 2Increase the strength of or justification for; reinforce: authority was buttressed by religious beliefMore example sentences
- We regard Article 10 as reinforcing and buttressing the conclusions we have reached and set out above.
- The Athenian polis, buttressed by the strength of its Council of Five Hundred and Assembly of citizens, managed to gain control of a confederation of city-states which gradually became the Athenian Empire.
- Whether in business or politics, partnerships are supposed to buttress the strengths of those involved.
Middle English: from Old French (ars) bouterez 'thrusting (arch)', from boter 'to strike, thrust' (see butt1).