Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “buttress”

See all translations

buttress

noun [C] uk   /ˈbʌt.rəs/ us  
a structure made of stone or brick that sticks out from and supports a wall of a building

buttress

verb [T] uk   /ˈbʌt.rəs/ us  
to build buttresses to support a building or structure: It was decided to buttress the crumbling walls. to make support for an idea or argument stronger by providing a good reason for it: The arguments for change are buttressed by events elsewhere.
Translations of “buttress”
in Spanish contrafuerte…
in French contrefort…
in German der Strebepfeiler…
in Chinese (Traditional) 撐牆,扶壁…
in Chinese (Simplified) 撑墙,扶壁…
(Definition of buttress from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of buttress?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “buttress”

Definitions of “buttress” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

baby

a very young child, especially one that has not yet begun to walk or talk

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More