from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An arched masonry support serving to bear thrust, as from a roof or vault, away from a main structure to an outer pier or buttress. Also called arc-boutant.
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- n. a buttress that stands apart from the structure that it supports, and is connected to it by an arch (flyer).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See Flying buttress.
- adj. a contrivance for taking up the thrust of a roof or vault which can not be supported by ordinary buttresses. It consists of a straight bar of masonry, usually sloping, carried on an arch, and a solid pier or buttress sufficient to receive the thrust. The word is generally applied only to the straight bar with supporting arch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a buttress that stands apart from the main structure and connected to it by an arch
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