- 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.
Examples from the Web for abutment
The forms for the abutment and wing walls and for the floor slab were then erected complete before any more concrete was placed.Concrete Construction|Halbert P. Gillette
They broke out of the beech woods onto the abutment that rose above.Double Challenge|James Arthur Kjelgaard
At the same time a gang of men had started in on the abutment out in the middle of the river.
This forms an abutment for supporting the ladle in the gudgeon band, being secured to this last by latch bolts and cotters.
As Jarvis neared the abutment, calling out the name of his companion, he heard Steve's faint answer.
British Dictionary definitions for abutment
- something that abuts
- the thing on which something abuts
- the point of junction between them