Abutment meaning

ə-bŭtmənt
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The act or process of abutting.
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The act or an instance of abutting.
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Something that abuts or borders upon something else.
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The point of contact between a support and the thing supported.
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The point of junction between two things, in particular a support, that abuts. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
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(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.]
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(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.]
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Something that abuts, or on which something abuts. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
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The state of abutting.
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(architecture) That element that shares a common boundary or surface with its neighbor.
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(dentistry) The tooth that supports a denture or bridge.
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A fixed point or surface where resistance is obtained.

The fulcrum acted as an abutment.

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Origin of abutment

  • First attested in 1644; engineering sense first attested in 1793. From Old French aboutement. Equivalent to abut +‎ -ment.

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