• The Flying Buttress
    The Flying Buttress
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v buttress make stronger or defensible "buttress your thesis"
    • v buttress reinforce with a buttress "Buttress the church"
    • n buttress a support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Buttress (Arch) A projecting mass of masonry, used for resisting the thrust of an arch, or for ornament and symmetry.
    • Buttress Anything which supports or strengthens. "The ground pillar and buttress of the good old cause of nonconformity."
    • v. t Buttress To support with a buttress; to prop; to brace firmly. "To set it upright again, and to prop and buttress it up for duration."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n buttress A structure built against a wall, for the purpose of giving it stability.
    • n buttress Figuratively, any prop or support.
    • n buttress In farriery, an instrument of steel set in wood, for paring the hoof of a horse.
    • buttress To support by a buttress; hence, to prop or prop up, literally or figuratively.
    • n buttress A wall or abutment built along a stream to prevent the logs in a drive from cutting the bank or jamming.
    • n buttress The angle formed on the plantar surface of the hoof by the junction of the wall with the bar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Buttress but′res a projecting support built on to the outside of a wall: any support or prop
    • v.t Buttress to prop or support, as by a buttress
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

They are made from the buttress of the tapang-tree, which you must have seen.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic
Slipping behind a corner of the buttress, he waited, somewhat sheltered from the dripping rain by the overhanging ivy.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
A great Buttress behind the Furnace to strengthen it.
"Iron Making in the Olden Times as instanced in the Ancient Mines, Forges, and Furnaces of The Forest of Dean" by H. G. Nicholls
With these may be mentioned Buttress and Carvell, the latter from Old Fr.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
Then you will know, when you go outside again, what the architect was working for, and what his buttresses and traceries mean.
"Our Fathers Have Told Us" by John Ruskin
A great Buttress behind the Furnace to strengthen it.
"The Forest of Dean An Historical and Descriptive Account" by H. G. Nicholls
Hiding themselves behind a buttress, they awaited his coming in breathless silence.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
This is rather difficult to see, as it is high up on a buttress beneath a statue at the side of the Rue des Bonnetiers.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
Some of you, I have no doubt, would think that that was a tremendous heresy if there were not Scriptural words to buttress it.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
At the corners are four buttresses of cut stone.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston

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
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
Why stood he still to be disgraced?
What hindered? Lost in his employ,
His eager head high as his waist,
Half-buttressed him a tiny boy,
An earnest child, ill-clothed, pale-faced,
Whose eyes held neither hope nor joy.
"He Needed Not" by George MacDonald
The Flying Buttress, every day and night,
Continues in his long, unwearied flight.
He's not a song-bird, but he's said to be
Famed for his beauty and his Symmetry.
He frequents an old abbey or a manse;
The ostrich eats him if he gets a chance.
"A Phenomenal Fauna" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

Mount Whitney 's East Buttress tests skill, fortitude buttress, climbing, george, way, feet, route, climb, east, down, whitney.
Columist David Whiting in red helmet makes his way up Mount Whitney 's East Buttress with Iceberg Lake below.
The cleverest of Popper 's disciples, Mr Miller is adept at devising ingenious buttresses for the cathedral of Popper 's thought.
Ruling Buttresses Case of Insurer Suing for Repurchase of Securities.
the 8 API/RD and buttress.
ZION NATIONAL PARK — A 49-year-old Santa Clara man died Friday afternoon from injuries sustained in a 40-foot fall along the Northeast Buttress route, which is below Angels Landing.
According to a press release from the National Park Service, Hurd was among four people climbing the Northeast Buttress route, a climbing route below Angels Landing.
The appointment of Richard Dare comes as the organization is trying to raise its profile and buttress its finances after narrowly avoiding bankruptcy.
Hurd was in a party of four individuals on the Northeast Buttress route, a popular climbing route below Angel's Landing.
Coordinated decision among Fed, ECB, others continues measure to buttress financial system.
Coordinated decision among Fed, ECB, others continues measure to buttress financial system.
Just some random clips jammed together from a West Buttress climb of Denali in 2011.
Ogilvy Government Relations has added Republican operatives Dee Buchanan and Con Lass to buttress its Washington outreach.
Flying Buttress is a handbag line designed for children that.
Many letters in this fractious political season have promoted one detail or another in the differing proposals, often buttressed by a selected fact or assertion.

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