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buttress

[buh-tris] /ˈbʌ trɪs/
noun
1.
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.
2.
any prop or support.
3.
a thing shaped like a buttress, as a tree trunk with a widening base.
4.
a bony or horny protuberance, especially on a horse's hoof.
verb (used with object)
5.
to support by a buttress; prop up.
6.
to give encouragement or support to (a person, plan, etc.).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English butresOld French (arc) boterez thrusting (arch) nominative singular of boteret (accusative), equivalent to boter- abutment (perhaps < Germanic; see butt3) + -et -et
Related forms
buttressless, adjective
buttresslike, adjective
nonbuttressed, adjective
unbuttressed, adjective
Synonyms
6. encourage, hearten, support, inspirit, brace, back up, reinforce, shore up.
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British Dictionary definitions for but-tress

buttress

/ˈbʌtrɪs/
noun
1.
Also called pier. a construction, usually of brick or stone, built to support a wall See also flying buttress
2.
any support or prop
3.
something shaped like a buttress, such as a projection from a mountainside
4.
either of the two pointed rear parts of a horse's hoof
verb (transitive)
5.
to support (a wall) with a buttress
6.
to support or sustain
Word Origin
C13: from Old French bouterez, short for ars bouterez thrusting arch, from bouter to thrust, butt³
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Word Origin and History for but-tress

buttress

n.

early 14c., from Old French (arc) botrez "flying buttress," apparently from bouter "to thrust against," of Frankish origin (cf. Old Norse bauta "to strike, beat"), from Proto-Germanic *butan, from PIE root *bhau- "to strike" (see butt (v.)).

v.

late 14c., literal and figurative, from buttress (n.). Related: Buttressed; buttressing.

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