[koun-ter-fawrt, -fohrt] /ˈkaʊn tərˌfɔrt, -ˌfoʊrt/

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.
(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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