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buttress (BUHT-ris) noun
1. An external structure built to support a wall or a building.
2. Something or someone that supports.
To support or reinforce.
[From Middle English butres, from Old French boterez, from bouter (to push against).]
Here are pictures of a buttress and a flying buttress.
"The largest, oldest trees, which Polish park officials honor as
'monuments to nature,' soar to 180 feet, supported on the moist,
muddy soils by buttress-like root structures resembling those found
in many rain forests."
"Rasaratnam quotes heads of international development agencies to
buttress his case for a new administrative structure outside the
This week's theme: words from architecture.
Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. -Ambrose Bierce, writer (1842-1914)