- the act or an instance of abutting
- something that abuts or borders upon something else
- the point of contact between a support and the thing supported
- that part of a support which carries the weight of an arch and resists its pressure
- the supporting structure at either end of a bridge
- The act or process of abutting.
- a. Something that abuts.b. The point of contact of two abutting objects or parts.
- a. The part of a structure that bears the weight or pressure of an arch.b. A structure that supports the end of a bridge.c. A structure that anchors the cables of a suspension bridge.
- The point of junction between two things, in particular a support, that abuts. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
- (engineering, architecture) The solid portion of a structure that supports the lateral pressure of an arch or vault. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- (engineering) A construction that supports the ends of a bridge; a structure that anchors the cables on a suspension bridge. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- Something that abuts, or on which something abuts. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- The state of abutting.
- (architecture) That element that shares a common boundary or surface with its neighbor.
- (dentistry) The tooth that supports a denture or bridge.
- A fixed point or surface where resistance is obtained.
- The fulcrum acted as an abutment.
First attested in 1644; engineering sense first attested in 1793. From Old French aboutement. Equivalent to abut + -ment.