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buttress

but·tress

buttress

 
 
pronunciation:
buh trihs
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a structure that gives support to the outside of a building by absorbing excessive outward thrust.
The outer walls of the immense church were supported by buttresses.
 
synonyms:
beam, brace, prop, shore
similar words:
bar, column, pillar, post, stanchion, strut, support
definition 2: anything that gives support.
synonyms:
brace, encouragement, prop, support
similar words:
bulwark, help, maintenance, supporter, sustenance
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: buttressed, buttresses, buttressing
definition 1: to give structural support to with a buttress.
synonyms:
brace, prop, shore up, support
similar words:
bolster, help, strengthen, undergird, uphold
definition 2: to add support or credibility to.
The defense attorney buttressed her case with an expert witness.
synonyms:
bolster, brace, reinforce, strengthen, support, sustain
similar words:
affirm, defend, fortify, help, maintain, uphold
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