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  • A buttress is an architectural structure built against (a counterfort) or projecting from a wall which serves to support or reinforce the wall. The word buttress, in a more general sense, means to support; one might buttress another person's argument, for instance. — “Buttress - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org
  • Flying buttresses at Bath Abbey, Bath, England. Of the six seen here, the left hand five are supporting the nave, and the right hand one is supporting the transept. Close-up of two flying buttresses at Bath Abbey, Bath, England. — “Flying buttress - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org
  • Buttress roots of an especially large Ceiba tree near shore of Amazon River, close to Iquitos, Peru. They prevent the tree from falling over (hence the name buttress) and help gather more nutrients. — “Buttress root - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org

Quotations

  • The wall is of immense thickness, and is propped or defended by six huge external buttresses which project from the circle, and rise up against the sides of the tower as if to strengthen or to support it. — “Ivanhoe” by Sir Walter Scott
  • The swampy lake extended for about half a mile from where they were standing to the lower buttresses of the mountain. Feathery purple reeds showed themselves here and there through the shallows. The water was dark green. Maskull did not see how they were going to cross it. — “A Voyage to Arcturus” by David Lindsay
  • On the highest point stood the church–an ancient, weather-beaten building, with heavy buttresses at its sides, and a clumsy square tower in front. — “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins
  • Behold these stone buttresses shaken with their pillars. — “Medea” by Euripides

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