A buttress slanting from a separate pier, typically forming an arch with the wall it supports.
More example sentences
- The new building resembled a mediaeval cathedral with its pointed arches, ribbed vaulting and flying buttresses.
- Flowing, graceful flying buttresses which supported the lofty circular roofs curled outwards to the ground, melding stylishly with the thick columns straining beneath the bulk of the grand palace.
- Gothic architecture has a particular look: the pointed or ogival arch, ribbed vaults, rose windows, towers, and tremendous height in the nave, supported by flying buttresses.
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