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Meaning of ABUTMENT

Pronunciation:  u'butmunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a masonry support that touches and directly receives thrust or pressure of an arch or bridge
  2. [n]  point of contact between two objects or parts

ABUTMENT is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 See Also: point, support



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A*but"ment\ ([.a]*b[u^]t"ment), n.
1. State of abutting.

2. That on or against which a body abuts or presses; as
   (a) (Arch.) The solid part of a pier or wall, etc., which
       receives the thrust or lateral pressure of an arch,
       vault, or strut. --Gwilt.
   (b) (Mech.) A fixed point or surface from which resistance
       or reaction is obtained, as the cylinder head of a
       steam engine, the fulcrum of a lever, etc.
   (c) In breech-loading firearms, the block behind the
       barrel which receives the pressure due to recoil.