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Meaning of BUTTRESS

Pronunciation:  'butris

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building
  2. [v]  make stronger or defensible; "buttress your thesis"
  3. [v]  reinforce with a buttress; "Buttress the church"
 Synonyms: buttressing
 See Also: arc-boutant, beef up, flying buttress, fortify, reenforce, reinforce, strengthen, support



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \But"tress\, n. [OE. butrasse, boterace, fr. F. bouter
    to push; cf. OF. bouteret (nom. sing. and acc. pl. bouterez)
    buttress. See {Butt} an end, and cf. {Butteris}.]
    1. (Arch.) A projecting mass of masonry, used for resisting
       the thrust of an arch, or for ornament and symmetry.
    Note: When an external projection is used merely to stiffen a
          wall, it is a pier.
    2. Anything which supports or strengthens. ``The ground
       pillar and buttress of the good old cause of
       nonconformity.'' --South.
    {Flying buttress}. See {Flying buttress}.
  2. \But"tress\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Buttressed} (?); p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Buttressing}.]
    To support with a buttress; to prop; to brace firmly.
          To set it upright again, and to prop and buttress it up
          for duration.                            --Burke.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A flange of tissue protruding from the main outline of the base of a tree.
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