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buttress
as in:  a flying buttress


The buttress wall supports the main wall while preserving an open feel in the house.
  an architectural feature that supports the wall of a building
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  • The buttress wall supports the main wall while preserving an open feel in the house.
  • The stars are the great Gothic churches: spires, naves, delicate flying buttresses, massive conventional buttresses, stained glass and grandeur, grandeur, grandeur.
    John Corry
  • no jutty, frieze, buttress,
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • There was a soldier standing with his girl in the shadow of one of the stone buttresses ahead of us
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms

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  • They behaved like people who do not want to be seen: lurking in shadow behind buttresses or in doorways,
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • he could see the arched buttresses of the cathedral dome
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Out of the grove they pulled to the steep divide, which was no more than a buttress of Sonoma Mountain.
    London, Jack  --  The Valley of the Moon
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Associated words [difficulty]:   buttress [6]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Architecture, Engineering, Logic & Reasoning
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