- 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.
Buttresses supporting an ancient building.
- 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)