- Architecture, Civil Engineering.
- a masonry mass supporting and receiving the thrust of part of an arch or vault.
- a force that serves to abut an arch or vault.
- a mass, as of masonry, receiving the arch, beam, truss, etc., at each end of a bridge.
- a mass or structure for resisting the pressure of water on a bridge, pier, or the like.
- each of the parts of a canyon or the like receiving the thrusts of an arch dam.
- a structure for absorbing tensions from reinforcing strands for concrete being prestressed.
- the place where projecting parts meet; junction.
- Dentistry. a tooth or tooth root that supports or stabilizes a bridge, denture, or other prosthetic appliance.
Origin of abutment
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Examples from the Web for abutment
There was no railing to this abutment, not even a coping along its borders.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
Considering the abutment and wing wall work, comprising 594 cu.
The abutment forms were built up as the concreting progressed.
Where they stood an abutment of the cliff hid the ravine below.The Plant Hunters
As he formed this resolution, he emerged from the shadow of the abutment.Monte-Cristo's Daughter
- the state or process of abutting
- something that abuts
- the thing on which something abuts
- the point of junction between them
- architect civil engineering a construction that takes the thrust of an arch or vault or supports the end of a bridge
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Word Origin and History for abutment
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- A natural tooth or implanted tooth substitute used to support or anchor a dental prosthesis.
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