A projecting mass of masonry, used for resisting the thrust of an arch, or for ornament and symmetry.
Anything which supports or strengthens.
To support with a buttress; to prop; to brace firmly.
a plank-like outgrowth of the lower trunk and providing support
External reinforcement for a wall.
A structure, usually brick or stone, built against a wall for support or reinforcement. (commonly found in Gothic architecture)
Vertical masonry or concrete support, usually larger at the base, which projects from a wall.
A support built against the wall a church
Stone or wood support or prop built against wall.
A brick or stone support to a wall designed to resist thrust movement and to give added stability.
a mass of masonry or brickwork projecting from or built against a wall to give more strength
Projection from a wall for additional support. (Wood, Margaret. The English Medieval House, 410) Related terms: Buttress, Angle / Buttress, Diagonal
An area of the lock wall thickened and strengthened where the lock gates were installed and operated.
As in "buttress finger". For very many notes which use a few of the left hand fingers only, it is possible to add the ring finger of the right hand without detriment to the tone or intonation. In doing so the hold on the recorder is greatly improved. This technique, known as "buttress finger technique" was common in the C18, but largely disregarded except by advanced players, today. It is a valuable tool, to be used alongside alternative fingerings to facilitate rapid passage work. Many players, particularly those familiar with the Boehm flute, where the right hand little finger key is depressed for most notes, will drop their right hand little finger onto the wood between the two lowest holes for support without conscious thought. Take great care if you do this! The little finger hole has a great and unpredictable affect on other notes. On the sopranino it is a very dangerous practice because there is so little room. (It is interesting to note that Boehm reversed the action of the G# key on his new design, but retained the old D# action because of the support it gave. The new G# never caught on and is hardly ever seen today.)
Any structure put up to support or partly support or maintain another, as by resisting its tendency to fall or move sidewise; a stay or prop. (Flying: A structure of masonry by means of which the thrust of a vault is taken up or neutralized without the immediate proximity of a great mass of masonry.
Roots with board-like or plank-like growth on upper side, presumably a supporting structure.
a vertical structure of heavy masonry or wood applied as reinforcement to the wall of a building. Can serve a structural or decorative purpose
A vertical projection, usually of stone or brick, that is applied to a wall to stabilize the forces exerted outwards by a vault or an arch.
A man-made fill designed and built to support a weak or unstable slope. A buttress is usually provided with a "keyway" at the toe of slope which is excavated into stable material. Compacted fill is benched into stable material as the fill slope is constructed. The width and thickness of the buttress are dictated by design engineering.
(BUT ris) A structure, usually brick or stone, built against a wall for support or reinforcement. Pier Buttress: an exterior pier counteracting the thrust of a vault or arch. Flying Buttress: masonry support consisting usually of a pier or buttress standing apart from the main structure and connected to it by an arch. Illustration from Asbury Delaware Ave.
A square projection of masonry on the outside or corner of a wall that provides extra strength for some internal feature such as a roof beam or an arch.
a structure made of stone or wood, built against a wall to strengthen it
a support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building
reinforce with a buttress; "Buttress the church"
a mass of masonry or brickwork serving to support the side of a wall that is of great height, or to assist it in sustaining any great strain or pressure upon it from the opposite side
an exterior support projecting from the face of a wall and serving either to strengthen it or toresist the thrust created by the load on an arch or a roof
a thickening of a wall or an outside walls at right angles used to make a wall stronger
A body of material either left unmined or placed against a section of the pit wall to prevent continued movement or propagation of wall failure.
"An exterior mass of masonry set at an angle to or bonded into a wall which it strengthens or supports; buttresses often absorb lateral thrusts from roof vaults." (Harris, 143)
typically a short 'stub' wall supporting the main wall or tower; a projection from a wall to create additional strength and support
A vertical strip of heavy masonry applied to the wall of a building to provide structural reinforcement against lateral forces (as from a vault or an arch). When the buttress is a free-standing pier attached to the wall by one or more arches, it is called a flying buttress.
short bracing portion of a wall, at right angles to it.
A thickening of a wall, at right angles to it, for added strength.
From the French bouter=to bear against, and used to describe a mass of brick or masonry which resists the outward pressure of a wall, arch or vault. - DEFINITIONS Return to glossary index
thickened angle at the heel of a horse's hoof wall.
Additional bracing wall or projecting support. It is often set at right angles to the main wall and usually tapers towards the top.
Wall projection for extra support; flying - narrow, arched bridge against the structure; pilaster - gradually recedes into the structure as it ascends.
A side support that counteracts an outward pusing force, the way bookends keep books on a shelf from sliding sideways. Buttresses are often used to support the sides of arches and walls of tall churches, where they counteract the outward thrust.
An exterior structural support - usually masonry - that is placed against a wall.
a mass of stone built up to support a wall, usually necessary to strengthen those of great height. See flying buttress.
n. Any support or prop.
A projecting mass of masonry set at an angle to or boned into a wall that it strengthens or supports.
A wall projecting perpendicularly from another wall which prevents its outward movement. Usually wider at its base and tapering toward the top.
An abutment or support to strengthen a wall, usually on the exterior.
a projecting mass normally of brickwork or masonry that is used to support a structure; gives additional strength usually to counteract the outward thrust of an arch or vault. (IMAGE)
An exterior masonry structure that opposes the lateral thrust of an arch or a vault and adds extra support.
a projecting structure of masonry or wood for supporting or giving stability to a wall or building.
A mass of masonry projecting from or built against a wall to give additional strength - to counteract the lateral thrust of an arch, roof or vault
A projecting support built into or against the external wall of a building, typically used in Gothic buildings.
A buttress is an architectural structure built against (A counterfort) or projecting from a wall which serves to support or reinforce the wall. Buttresses are fairly common on more ancient buildings, especially in Germany, as a means of providing support to act against the lateral (sideways) forces arising out of the roof structures that lack adequate bracing.