verb (used with object)
- buttress plate,
- buttress root,
- buttress thread,
- butts and bounds,
Origin of buttress
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|DAILY BEAST
They build on their distinctive strengths, buttress and leverage their specific assets, attributes, and advantages.
“McConnell is doing everything he can to buttress his support,” Mann said.Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee: When Freshmen Attack|Patricia Murphy|May 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Responding with alarm, they seek to buttress the idea of Jewish ethnicity qua Jewish peoplehood.
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|Peter Beinart|July 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
My plan was of to build a buttress of loose stone on which to stand to tap it with the tomahawk.Tropic Days|E. J. Banfield
And you will cosset him in them—to save his hoggish dignity487 and buttress up his heavy pride.The Fifth Queen Crowned|Ford Madox Ford
Take a rifle and the Indian packer, and try to get down the east side of the range by the neck below the buttress.
The mist was not thick and he knew his line to the buttress.
This cloister is very small, having on each side four arches, divided by a buttress in the centre of each side.Some Account of Gothic Architecture in Spain|George Edmund Street
Word Origin 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.