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but·tress

buttress

 
 
pronunciation:
buh trihs
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: a structure built to give support to the outside of a building or a wall.
Buttresses support the outside walls of the old church.
 
synonyms:
beam, brace, prop
similar words:
bar, column, pillar, post, support
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: buttresses, buttressing, buttressed
definition: to give support to with a buttress.
The architect designed the wall to be buttressed with steal beams.
synonyms:
brace, prop, support
similar words:
bolster, help, strengthen, uphold
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