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Meaning of “buttress” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of buttress from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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buttressverb [T]

 us   /ˈbʌ·trəs/
art to give ​support to or ​strengthen something: He ​looked for things that would buttress the ​prosecutioncase and ​win a ​conviction.

buttressnoun [C]

 us   /ˈbʌ·trəs/
a ​structure made of ​stone or ​brick that ​sticks out from and ​supports a ​wall of a ​building
(Definition of buttress from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “buttress”
in Spanish contrafuerte…
in Vietnamese trụ tường…
in Malaysian sagang…
in Thai โครงสร้างที่เป็นส่วนค้ำ…
in French contrefort…
in German der Strebepfeiler…
in Chinese (Simplified) 撑墙,扶壁…
in Indonesian penopang…
in Chinese (Traditional) 撐牆,扶壁…
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