• (British) IPA: /ˈbʌtɹəs/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈbʌtɹɪs/

buttress (plural buttresses)

  1. (architecture) A brick or stone structure built against another structure to support it.
  2. Anything that serves to support something; a prop.
  3. (botany) A buttress-root.
  4. (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
  5. (figurative) Anything that supports or strengthens.
    • the ground pillar and buttress of the good old cause of nonconformity
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buttress (buttresses, present participle buttressing; past and past participle buttressed)

  1. To support something physically with, or as if with, a prop or buttress.
  2. (figurative, by extension) To support something or someone by supplying evidence; to corroborate or substantiate.
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