• The Flying Buttress
    The Flying Buttress
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj buttressed held up by braces or buttresses
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • buttressed Furnished with a buttress or buttresses: said of an arch, or of a building or part of a building, as a Gothic church.
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  • John Ruskin
    “An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.”


In literature:

Fallen the flying buttresses, ruined the chapels.
"The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon" by Newell Dwight Hillis
At the corners of the aisles are rectangular buttresses and two similar ones stand at the ends of the main walls of the nave.
"Bell's Cathedrals: A Short Account of Romsey Abbey" by Thomas Perkins
The shadows hung heavy under the building, but where all else was black the recesses between the buttresses were blackest.
"The Nebuly Coat" by John Meade Falkner
The tree is buttressed, with "knees" several feet in height rising around.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
The spot chosen, as already stated, was a sort of buttress-like promontory that stood out from the line of bluffs.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
The buttressed pedestal of one of the buildings loomed directly ahead.
"Missing Link" by Frank Patrick Herbert
We may not be concerned in buttressing any theology because it is old.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
This mammoth arch is more of a flying buttress spanning the canyon than a real bridge.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
The huts had served to buttress the snow for the blizzard.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
The buttresses flanking this central bay have similar arcading continued around them.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Salisbury" by Gleeson White

In poetry:

The chief peak now hath caught the glow,
And, soft, o'er sloping walls
And buttresses of dazzling snow,
The flood of splendor falls;
"The Mountains Of Meran At Sunrise" by John Lawson Stoddard
By the shore, a plot of ground
Clips a ruined chapel round,
Buttressed with a grassy mound;
Where Day and Night and Day go by
And bring no touch of human sound.
"The Ruined Chapel" by William Allingham
Do not fret, do not cry, do not tax
Your last strength, and your heart do not torture.
You're alive, you're inside me, intact,
As a buttress, a friend, an adventure.
"Do not fret, do not cry, do not tax..." by Boris Pasternak
Below the shifting sand, on solid rock,
The mason safely laid the buttress stone,
And labored long before his work was shown;
But he built well--his work endures each shock.
"The Royal Way" by Joseph Horatio Chant
Through pearly haze its light displays
Each buttressed mountain side,
And softly shines through stately pines
Where feudal castles hide,
And every height grows dazzling white
In the foam of a silver tide.
"The Passing Moon" by John Lawson Stoddard
We made our bow to wild and waste, and hardships worse than those;
We leave a gracious golden land that blossoms like the rose.
Far defter hands may now adorn the work we laboured at,
But granite base and buttressed wall were built by Father Pat.
"Vale` - Father Pat" by John O Brien

In news:

ALBANY … For full-throated earnestness buttressed by rising key changes, Josh Groban rivals Celine Dion.
With Iceberg Lake far below, David Whiting makes his way up the East Buttress on Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the Lower 48.
A very Hollywood compromise is reached: Attaching the buttresses to the inside of her teeth.
Climbing Mount Whitney the hard way Orange County Register columnist David Whiting climbs Mt Whitney the hard way, up the east buttress .
ECB May Need to Buttress Bond-Market Respite Leaders Made.
Chris Buttress and Jody Brant.
Barbara Kellar talks with Chris Buttress and Jody Brant about Planned Giving.
A new half-percent sales tax levied on downtown purchases is buttressing plans for a gatewaylike welcoming structure near Fourth Street and Broadway, but a project to install downtown wireless service is now up in the air.
Climbing Mount Whitney the hard way Orange County Register columnist David Whiting climbs Mt Whitney the hard way, up the east buttress.
Columist David Whiting in red helmet makes his way up Mount Whitney's East Buttress with Iceberg Lake below.
Now, these are not the gargoyles you might find perched on a cathedral buttress.
" Introverts like people just as much as extroverts do," Cain wrote, buttressing Hoyer's point.
Red Jumpsuit 's debut album, Don't You Fake It, sold more than 500,000 copies, and the band's sold-out international tours were buttressed by licensing deals with countless video games and movies.
Appleseed Production's presentation of Barbara Lebow's "The Left Hand Singing" further buttresses this organization's growing reputation as a local theater company that is willing to take chances in both form and theme.
The bay of Palma and its sunlit sentinels, the medieval watchtowers, the ancient windmills and a soaring, sandstone cathedral with massive buttresses, have long received illustrious visitors.

In science:

This retreat both buttressed, and was buttressed by, two of the main philosophical movements of the twentieth century.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
This was buttressed by our analytical optical model in which we determined the reflectivity of a single dimer and of a lonely defect.
Localization of an inhomogeneous Bose-Einstein condensate in a moving random potential
Not only is this the first very strong evidence for a half metallic system, but it also buttresses the widespread feeling that the phenomenon of colossal magnetoresistance in the manganites is closely related to its half metallic character.
Some Recent Issues in Quantum Magnetism
All the above examples buttress the fact that the orbital magnetic moment is inherently linked to the topology of the system.
Quantum current enhancement effect in hybrid rings at equilibrium
Research into the relationship between diameter (breast high or above buttress, over bark) and log volume provided no evidence to suggest that there was any increase in defect or any reduction in log length in trees harvested from previously logged stands (Henry 1989).
Effects of Selection Logging on Rainforest Productivity