- 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.
- any prop or support.
- a thing shaped like a buttress, as a tree trunk with a widening base.
- a bony or horny protuberance, especially on a horse's hoof.
- to support by a buttress; prop up.
- to give encouragement or support to (a person, plan, etc.).
Origin of buttress
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Examples from the Web for buttress
We should buttress cooperative tribes again, with names like Dulaim, Isawi, Al bu Issa, among others.Their Fight…But Our Legacy: The New Battle for Fallujah
John Kael Weston
January 12, 2014
They build on their distinctive strengths, buttress and leverage their specific assets, attributes, and advantages.How Cities Are Fixing America
Bruce Katz, Jennifer Bradley
June 17, 2013
“McConnell is doing everything he can to buttress his support,” Mann said.Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee: When Freshmen Attack
May 30, 2013
Responding with alarm, they seek to buttress the idea of Jewish ethnicity qua Jewish peoplehood.Shaul Magid's Post-Ethnic Judaism
May 24, 2013
Bibi has a history of using Jewish holidays to buttress his apocalyptic worldview.Mitt Romney Misuses Judaism to Support Israel and Buttress His Own Campaign
July 30, 2012
The end of the buttress was a foot or two below the level of the leads, where Clara stood.
I got astride of the buttress, and painfully forced my way up.
As the buttress does not bond with the wall it was evidently a later addition.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
Alexander Van Millingen
Philip was too busy keeping behind the buttress to see who they were who were talking.The Magic City
“That ridge along the summit of yonder spur or buttress,” said Dale.The Crystal Hunters
George Manville Fenn
- Also called: pier a construction, usually of brick or stone, built to support a wallSee also flying buttress
- any support or prop
- something shaped like a buttress, such as a projection from a mountainside
- either of the two pointed rear parts of a horse's hoof
- to support (a wall) with a buttress
- to support or sustain
Word Origin and History for buttress
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.)).
late 14c., literal and figurative, from buttress (n.). Related: Buttressed; buttressing.