buttress
[ buh-tris ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Early 14th century; French from Old French (ars) bouterez ‘thrusting (arch)’, from boter ‘to strike or thrust’
Synonyms
  • column
  • prop
Antonyms
  • unavailable
Definition
any external prop or support built to steady a structure by opposing its outward thrusts, especially a projecting support built into or against the outside of a masonry wall
Example
While giving a tour of the castle, the guide drew attention to the intricate detailing on the buttress which supported the main entry.
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