buttress vs buttressing what difference

what is difference between buttress and buttressing

English

Alternative forms

  • buttrice

Etymology

From Old French ars bouterez (noun, literally supporting arcs), from bouterez (adj), oblique plural of bouteret (rare in the singular), from Frankish *botan, from Proto-Germanic *bautaną (to push). Ultimately cognate with beat.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbʌtɹəs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈbʌtɹɪs/

Noun

buttress (plural buttresses)

  1. (architecture) A brick or stone structure built against another structure to support it.
    Synonyms: counterfort, brace
    Hyponym: flying buttress
    Coordinate term: pilaster
  2. (by extension) 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.
    Synonyms: crag, bluff
    Crowell Buttresses, Dismal Buttress
  5. (figuratively) Anything that supports or strengthens.

Derived terms

  • flying buttress

Translations

Verb

buttress (third-person singular simple present buttresses, present participle buttressing, simple past and past participle buttressed)

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

Translations

Further reading

  • buttress on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • betrusts


English

Verb

buttressing

  1. present participle of buttress

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