Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® 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.
  • n.

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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  • "Solid masonry placed to counteract the lateral thrust of a bridge, arch, or vault." According to the glossary I ripped off from another site (URL in my list header).

    August 24, 2008

  • 1644 EVELYN Mem. (1857) I. 118 The four fountains of Lepidus, built at the abutments of four stately ways.

    June 4, 2008