What does buttress mean?

Definitions for buttress
ˈbʌ trɪsbut·tress

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. buttress, buttressingverb

    a support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building

  2. buttressverb

    reinforce with a buttress

    "Buttress the church"

  3. buttressverb

    make stronger or defensible

    "buttress your thesis"


  1. buttressnoun

    A brick or stone structure built against another structure to support it.

    Etymology: From bouterez, bouteret, from *, from bautanan ( > English beat).

  2. buttressnoun

    Anything that serves to support something; a prop.

    Etymology: From bouterez, bouteret, from *, from bautanan ( > English beat).

  3. buttressnoun

    A buttress-root.

    Etymology: From bouterez, bouteret, from *, from bautanan ( > English beat).

  4. buttressnoun

    A feature jutting prominently out from a mountain or rock; a crag, a bluff.

    Crowell Buttresses, Dismal Buttress, Hourglass Buttress, Kardam Buttress, Seven Buttresses uE000231169uE001

    Etymology: From bouterez, bouteret, from *, from bautanan ( > English beat).

  5. buttressverb

    To support something physically with, or as if with, a prop or buttress.

    Etymology: From bouterez, bouteret, from *, from bautanan ( > English beat).

  6. buttressverb

    To support something or someone by supplying evidence; to corroborate or substantiate.

    Etymology: From bouterez, bouteret, from *, from bautanan ( > English beat).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buttressnoun

    a projecting mass of masonry, used for resisting the thrust of an arch, or for ornament and symmetry

  2. Buttressnoun

    anything which supports or strengthens

  3. Buttressverb

    to support with a buttress; to prop; to brace firmly


  1. Buttress

    A buttress is an architectural structure built against or projecting from a wall which serves to support or reinforce the wall. Buttresses are fairly common on more ancient buildings, as a means of providing support to act against the lateral forces arising out of the roof structures that lack adequate bracing. The term counterfort can be synonymous with buttress, and is often used when referring to dams, retaining walls and other structures holding back earth.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Buttress

    but′res, n. a projecting support built on to the outside of a wall: any support or prop.—v.t. to prop or support, as by a buttress. [Acc. to Dr Murray, perh. from O. Fr. bouterez, apparently from bouter, to push, bear against.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. buttress

    In fortification. (See COUNTERFORTS.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. buttress

    A sustaining wall at right angles to the main wall, which it is intended to strengthen.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of buttress in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of buttress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of buttress in a Sentence

  1. Chip Davis:

    The boulder that is decline is much bigger in size and rolling much faster than before, we’ve got very few rigs to buttress the rate of decline.

  2. The US:

    The US has boxed itself into a corner on Huawei, with all the rhetoric coming fast and furious, but nothing to... buttress it, like evidence [ or ] an executive order.

  3. Tamar Heller:

    One important aspect of this study was that having a sense of control and support from friends helped mitigate the impact of long-term caring for a child with a disability, overall, their findings buttress the need for family support services and supports for families of individuals with disabilities.

  4. Virginia Kelley:

    There is nothing like a newborn baby to renew your spirit - and to buttress your resolve to make the world a better place.

  5. Andre Terzic:

    Regenerative medicine is not trying to create the bionic man but to harness the healing powers of the human body and buttress them.

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  • контрафорс, рид, подпирам, опора, поддържамBulgarian
  • contrafortCatalan, Valencian
  • opora, opěrný pilířCzech
  • unterstützen, verstärken, Stütze, stützen, Strebepfeiler, StützpfeilerGerman
  • afianzar, corroborar, apuntalar, contrafuerte, botereteSpanish
  • tuki, tukea, tukipilariFinnish
  • contrefort, corroborer, arc-boutant, appui, arc-bouter, corroborationFrench
  • նեցուկ, հենարանArmenian
  • sostenere, sperone, appoggiare, contrafforti, corroborare, contrafforte, corroborazione, rafforzare, supportoItalian
  • לְחַזֵקHebrew
  • hirinaki, whirinakiMāori
  • steun, ondersteunen, stut, beer, stutten, steunbeer, onderbouwenDutch
  • støtte, understøtteNorwegian
  • podpora, przypora, podpieraćPolish
  • контрфорс, опора, подпоркаRussian
  • potporanj, podboltati, poduprijeti, podupiračSerbo-Croatian
  • stöttaSwedish
  • desteklemekTurkish
  • بٹنUrdu
  • Chinese

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    a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
    • A. humility
    • B. accident
    • C. relocation
    • D. drought

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