from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of abutting.
- n. Something that abuts.
- n. The point of contact of two abutting objects or parts.
- n. The part of a structure that bears the weight or pressure of an arch.
- n. A structure that supports the end of a bridge.
- n. A structure that anchors the cables of a suspension bridge.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of abutting.
- n. That element that shares a common boundary or surface with its neighbor.
- n. The tooth that supports a denture or bridge.
- n. A fixed point or surface where resistance is obtained.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. State of abutting.
- n. That on or against which a body abuts or presses.
- n. The solid part of a pier or wall, etc., which receives the thrust or lateral pressure of an arch, vault, or strut.
- n. A fixed point or surface from which resistance or reaction is obtained, as the cylinder head of a steam engine, the fulcrum of a lever, etc.
- n. In breech-loading firearms, the block behind the barrel which receives the pressure due to recoil.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or condition of abutting.
- n. That which abuts or borders on something else; the part abutting or abutted upon or against.
- n. Sometimes shortened to butment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. point of contact between two objects or parts
- n. a masonry support that touches and directly receives thrust or pressure of an arch or bridge
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