- 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.
Origin of abutment
Related Words for abutmentsupport
Examples from the Web for abutment
Historical Examples of 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
- something that abuts
- the thing on which something abuts
- the point of junction between them