a segmental arch transmitting an outward and downward thrust to a solid buttress that through its inertia transforms the thrust into a vertical one.
a buttress supporting a wall or other structure by an arch or part of an arch that transmits the thrust outwards and downwards Also called arc-boutant
An external, arched support for the wall of a church or other building. Flying buttresses were used in many Gothic cathedrals; they enabled builders to put up very tall but comparatively thin stone walls, so that much of the wall space could be filled with stained-glass windows. The cathedrals of Chartres and Notre Dame de Paris were built with flying buttresses.
noun 1. a squadron of airplanes operating together, especially any of several squadrons of famous World War I aviators. 2. a carnival troupe, or the like, offering exhibitions of stunt flying at fairs, circuses, etc. noun 1. an exhibition of aircraft aerobatics 2. the aircraft and men who take part in such exhibitions
plural noun 1. flags or ensigns flown on a ship. Idioms 2. with flying colors, with an overwhelming victory, triumph, or success: He passed the test with flying colors. Related Terms with flying colors
- Flying colours
plural noun 1. conspicuous success; triumph: he passed his test with flying colours
noun, Military. 1. (formerly) a force of troops equipped and organized to move swiftly and independently of a principal unit to which it is attached.