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English definition of “flying buttress”

flying buttress

noun [C]     specialized
an arch built against a wall , especially of a church , to support its weight Parts of religious buildingsPhysical supports and supportingArches, columns and beams
(Definition of flying buttress noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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