buttress (plural buttresses)
- (architecture) A brick or stone structure built against another structure to support it.
- Anything that serves to support something; a prop.
- (botany) A buttress-root.
- (climbing) A feature jutting prominently out from a mountain or rock; a crag, a bluff.
- Crowell Buttresses, Dismal Buttress, Hourglass Buttress, Kardam Buttress, Seven Buttresses
- (figurative) Anything that supports or strengthens.
- the ground pillar and buttress of the good old cause of nonconformity
- French: arc-boutant contrefort
- German: Stützpfeiler, Strebepfeiler, Gewölbepfeiler, Pfeiler, Gegenlager
- Italian: contrafforte, contrafforti, sperone
- Portuguese: botaréu, contraforte
- Russian: контрфорс
- Spanish: boterete, contrafuerte, estantal, machón, estribo
- French: appui, corroboration
- German: Stütze, Strebe, Aussteifung, Abstützung, Stempel
- Italian: supporto, corroborazione, sperone
- Portuguese: contraforte, apoio, proteção, anteparo, reforço
- Russian: подпорка
- Spanish: sostén, apoyo, refuerzo
- German: Vorsprung, Vorbau, Klippe, Felsspitze, Felsenspitze, Felsvorsprung
- Italian: sperone
- Portuguese: contraforte
- Spanish: contrafuerte, estribo
buttress (buttresses, present participle buttressing; past and past participle buttressed)
- To support something physically with, or as if with, a prop or buttress.
- (figurative, by extension) To support something or someone by supplying evidence; to corroborate or substantiate.
- French: corroborer
- German: unterstützen
- Italian: appoggiare, sostenere, rafforzare, corroborare
- Spanish: corroborar, afianzar