- 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 buttressed
Negotiations can be buttressed by dramatic acts of (American) pragmatism.Understanding John Kerry's Logic
July 22, 2013
And President Obama, buttressed by his newly discovered spine, has essentially said as much.Fiscal Cliff Countdown, Day 30: Senate Meets Dada
December 6, 2012
Now comes The Endgame: its 691 pages of narrative are buttressed by 68 pages of source notes.‘The Endgame’ Is A Well Researched, Highly Critical Look at U.S. Policy in Iraq
September 25, 2012
She was thus bulwarked and buttressed for any assault that might be hurled her way.Blue-grass and Broadway
Maria Thompson Daviess
To all appearance he was secure in his inheritance and buttressed against any peril.Tristram of Blent
It was not strong enough, so they buttressed it over the mouldings.Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln
Charles L. Marson
Parenthood on the part of the worthy must be buttressed, guided, and extolled.Private Sex Advice to Women
R. B. Armitage
But Sir Axel and his assiduity enhanced her value and buttressed her independence.Mrs. Maxon Protests
- 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 buttressed
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.