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buttress -- as in: buttress the defenses
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as in: buttress the defenses Define
make stronger or defensible
  • The report should buttress the White House case for immigration reform.
  • There is nothing like a newborn baby to renew your spirit - and to buttress your resolve to make the world a better place.
    Virginia Kelley
  • I think I was glad to know it; I think I was glad to have my better impulses thus buttressed and guarded by the terrors of the scaffold.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • The old adobe hall was buttressed along its outer walls with...
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses

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  • Windblown drifts buttressed the house—something moved on the second floor—a hand holding back the edge of a drape.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • After a while, without saying anything, I went to the side of the road and lay down on a pile of damp leaves between the tall, buttressed roots of a kapok tree.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Thus assured and buttressed, the centre of the Anglo-Dutch army was well posted.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He hesitated, then he buttressed his courage with the thought that one did not doubt the good faith and the competence of railroad executives.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Some architect had reached far back into history for these buttressed walls and dark hangings, she thought.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Generations of Balti had buttressed it against washing away by wedging flat rocks together into a flimsy shelf.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea

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  • But the warmth, the glow, evidently does not regard or need buttressing either; neither is it quenched by the actuality of an orange and eggs and toast.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Each night he told himself not to return, but on the next he would take a walk at dusk, his walk would become a pilgrimage, he would feel guilt and shame, he would top the groundswell that buttressed her strawberries and pause before the sweep of her fields.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Those narrow straits of Sunda divide Sumatra from Java; and standing midway in that vast rampart of islands, buttressed by that bold green promontory, known to seamen as Java Head; they not a little correspond to the central gateway opening into some vast walled empire: and considering the inexhaustible wealth of spices, and silks, and jewels, and gold, and ivory, with which the thousand islands of that oriental sea are enriched, it seems a significant provision of nature, that such…
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Riding there, I buttressed myself against seeing Snow Flower and the butcher, their son, who I realized must have married in by now, and, of course, the sworn sisters.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Their emotional certainty seemed buttressed by access to a fund of knowledge denied to ordinary men, but a day’s observation of their activities was sufficient to reveal all their thought processes.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Finally many small and dangerous and difficult points having been bridged or buttressed or fended against as well as each side could, it became Belknap’s duty to say his last word for Clyde.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • ("We could use a dq quote here, and a generic inequality-of-outcomes over here," I once heard Farmer say to a young assistant working with him on a speech.) "Geek flowers" was the completed research that pih-ers presented to Farmer or Kim, and "scholbutt" was short for "scholarly buttressing," which meant that every statement of fact Farmer made in a paper had to be verified as coming from some authoritative source.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Filling three full city blocks, rising more than a hundred and fifty meters to its central, sharpened spire, the Shrike Church’s central temple was part awe-inspiring cathedral, part Gothic joke with its fluid, buttressed curves of stone permabonded to its whiskered-alloy skeleton, part Escher print with its tricks of perspective and impossible angles, part Boschian nightmare with its tunnel entrances, hidden chambers, dark gardens, and forbidden sections, and-more than anything…
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Westward, they widened into the sun, soaring up from buttressing shoulders.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • I cradled him, his skull buttressed against mine and now wet with my tears.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • And three great fig trees, whose buttressed roots had withstood centuries of cyclones, raced out of the future and came as a big surprise.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • At first Alessandro feared that with the weakening of whatever held back its invisibly buttressed mass, it would collapse and cover the plain of the Tiber.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • The one he rode into was a clear, sharp shaft in yellow stone a thousand feet deep, with wonderful wind-worn caves low down and high above buttressed and turreted ramparts.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • And everyone in Korphe knew the legend of this listing wooden building buttressed with earthern walls.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • This barricade, constructed as it was and admirably buttressed, was really one of those situations where a handful of men hold a legion in check.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He sat up straight, buttressed by the columns of paragraphs on yellow-tinged paper, which he was seeing in his mind: "At a time of crucial public need, are we to waste social effort on the manufacture of obsolete products?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • buttress your thesis
  • Those who invest in South Africa should not think they are doing us a favor; they are here for what they get out of our cheap and abundant labor, and they should know that they are buttressing one of the most vicious systems.
    Bishop Desmond Tutu
  • It barred the vast opening of the faubourg, that is to say, three streets, from angle to angle; ravined, jagged, cut up, divided, crenelated, with an immense rent, buttressed with piles that were bastions in themselves throwing out capes here and there, powerfully backed up by two great promontories of houses of the faubourg, it reared itself like a cyclopean dike at the end of the formidable place which had seen the 14th of July.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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as in: buttress the defenses Define
make stronger or defensible
as in: a flying buttress Define
an architectural feature that supports the wall of a building
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