Buttresses supporting an ancient building.
- The definition of a buttress is a support for a building usually made of brick or stone.
A stone wall built against a wall to support the building is an example of a buttress.
- To buttress is to provide support for a building, or to provide support and justification for an argument or idea.
- When a wall is providing support for a building, this is an example of a situation where the wall is a buttress for the building.
- When a fact supports a position or argument, this is an example of a fact that is a buttress for the argument.
- a projecting structure, generally of brick or stone, built against a wall to support or reinforce it
- anything like a buttress; support or prop
Origin of buttressMiddle English boteras from Old French bouterez, plural of bouteret, flying buttress from buter: see butt
- to support or reinforce with a buttress
- to prop up; bolster
- A structure, usually brick or stone, built against a wall for support or reinforcement.
- Something resembling a buttress, as:a. The flared base of certain tree trunks.b. A horny growth on the heel of a horse's hoof.
- Something that serves to support, prop, or reinforce: “The law is by its very nature a buttress of the status quo” ( J. William Fulbright )
transitive verbbut·tressed, but·tress·ing, but·tress·es
- To support or reinforce with a buttress.
- To sustain, prop, or bolster: “The author buttresses her analysis with lengthy dissections of several of Moore's poems” ( Warren Woessner )
Origin of buttressMiddle English buteras from Old French bouterez from bouter to strike against of Germanic origin ; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.
top: buttressed wall of the Savino-Storozhersky Monastery
bottom: buttresses of a tree in a Costa Rican rainforest
- (architecture) A brick or stone structure built against another structure to support it.
- Anything that serves to support something; a prop.
- (botany) A buttress-root.
- (climbing) A feature jutting prominently out from a mountain or rock; a crag, a bluff.
- Crowell Buttresses, Dismal Buttress, Hourglass Buttress, Kardam Buttress, Seven Buttresses
- (figuratively) Anything that supports or strengthens.
(third-person singular simple present buttresses, present participle buttressing, simple past and past participle buttressed)