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1  —as in:
buttress the defenses
Definition make stronger or defensible
  • The report should buttress the White House case for immigration reform.
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 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
  • buttressed = strengthened
  • The old adobe hall was buttressed along its outer walls with...
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • buttressed = made stronger or supported
  • 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
  • I cradled him, his skull buttressed against mine and now wet with my tears.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Westward, they widened into the sun, soaring up from buttressing shoulders.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • 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
  • 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

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2  —as in:
a flying buttress
Definition an architectural feature that supports the wall of a building
  • The buttress wall supports the main wall while preserving an open feel in the house.
buttress = an architectural feature that supports the wall of a building
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The stars are the great Gothic churches: spires, naves, delicate flying buttresses, massive conventional buttresses, stained glass and grandeur, grandeur, grandeur.
    John Corry
  • His tracks led toward the east buttress of Denali, straight through a labyrinth of giant crevasses, evidence that he had made no apparent effort to circumvent obvious hazards.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • buttress = supporting structure
  • 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
  • buttresses = an architectural feature that supports the wall of a building
  • he could see the arched buttresses of the cathedral dome
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • buttresses = architectural features supporting the walls
  • 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
  • buttresses = an architectural feature that supports the wall of a building
  • no jutty, frieze, buttress,
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • buttress = supporting structure
  • 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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