What does buttress mean?

Definitions for buttressˈbʌ trɪs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word buttress.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. buttress, buttressing(verb)

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

  2. buttress(verb)

    reinforce with a buttress

    "Buttress the church"

  3. buttress(verb)

    make stronger or defensible

    "buttress your thesis"


  1. buttress(Noun)

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

  2. buttress(Noun)

    Anything that serves to support something; a prop.

  3. buttress(Noun)

    A buttress-root.

  4. buttress(Noun)

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

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  5. buttress(Verb)

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

  6. buttress(Verb)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buttress(noun)

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

  2. Buttress(noun)

    anything which supports or strengthens

  3. Buttress(verb)

    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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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Translations for buttress

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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
  • Chinese

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