Meaning of buttress

but•tress

Pronunciation: (bu'tris), [key]
— n.
  1. any external prop or support built to steady a structure by opposing its outward thrusts, esp. a projecting support built into or against the outside of a masonry wall.
  2. any prop or support.
  3. a thing shaped like a buttress, as a tree trunk with a widening base.
  4. a bony or horny protuberance, esp. on a horse's hoof.
—v.t.
  1. to support by a buttress; prop up.
  2. to give encouragement or support to (a person, plan, etc.).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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