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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.).
Contemporary Examples

Mitt Romney Misuses Judaism to Support Israel and Buttress His Own Campaign Peter Beinart July 29, 2012
Shaul Magid’s Post-Ethnic Judaism Zachary Braiterman May 23, 2013
Temple Denial Benny Morris April 23, 2012
Desperate Dems Attack Howard Kurtz October 18, 2010
How Cities Are Fixing America Bruce Katz, Jennifer Bradley June 16, 2013

Historical Examples

The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI Robert Louis Stevenson
Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
Michael Strogoff Jules Verne
Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid

Also called pier. a construction, usually of brick or stone, built to support a wall See 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
verb (transitive)
to support (a wall) with a buttress
to support or sustain


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