One of the most general instances of this will be found in the form of the flying buttress in late Gothic.
They all project forward, having the upper story supported by a kind of flying buttress.
The development of the Gothic style was greatly forwarded by the invention of the "flying buttress."
This ingenious plan produces the same effect as a flying buttress and is most ingeniously arranged.
The flying buttress over the south aisle restores a feature of the old building which had disappeared.
For this purpose the flying buttress, now free from the walls, was greatly developed.
The flying buttress, or Arc-boutant is carried across by an arch from one wall to another.
A flying buttress of very slight proportions will be seen on the north side between the north transept and the north porch.
It was poised upon two points of another ice mass and held upright by a flying buttress of wind-hardened snow.
This mammoth arch is more of a flying buttress spanning the canyon than a real bridge.
An external, arched support for the wall of a church or other building. Flying buttresses were used in many Gothic cathedrals; they enabled builders to put up very tall but comparatively thin stone walls, so that much of the wall space could be filled with stained-glass windows. The cathedrals of Chartres and Notre Dame de Paris were built with flying buttresses.