a buttress, especially one for strengthening a basement wall against the pressure of earth.
a cantilevered weight, as in a retaining wall, having the form of a pier built on the side of the material to be retained.
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How to use counterfort in a sentence
The manifest and only function of the rib or counterfort is to tie together the curtain wall and the horizontal slab.
These rods are the vertical and horizontal rods in the counterfort of the retaining wall shown at a, in Fig. 2.
In a counterfort, the inclined rods are sufficient to take the overturning stress.
He seems to mean the force tending to pull the counterfort loose from the horizontal slab.
Mr. Mensch states that "it would take up too much time to prove that the counterfort acts really as a beam."
British Dictionary definitions for counterfort
civil engineering a strengthening buttress at right angles to a retaining wall, bonded to it to prevent overturning or to increase its bending strength
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