Flying-buttress meaning

An arched masonry support serving to bear thrust, as from a vaulted ceiling, away from a main structure to an outer pier or buttress.
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An arched masonry support serving to bear thrust, as from a vaulted ceiling, away from a main structure to an outer pier or buttress.
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A buttress connected with a wall at some distance from it by an arch or part of an arch: it serves to resist outward pressure.
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(architecture) A buttress that stands apart from the structure that it supports, and is connected to it by an arch (flyer).
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