abutment

[ uh-buht-muh nt ]SEE DEFINITION OF abutment
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ABUTMENT

There was no railing to this abutment, not even a coping along its borders.

Considering the abutment and wing wall work, comprising 594 cu.

The abutment forms were built up as the concreting progressed.

Where they stood an abutment of the cliff hid the ravine below.

As he formed this resolution, he emerged from the shadow of the abutment.

There was a stone wall, or abutment, near the town, about sixty feet high.

They had not yet mounted the abutment, and were then securing their horses near the bank of the creek.

It was like going up hill, but the Socrates reached the abutment and was safe.

On each side the abutment piers had been undermined and washed out.

But--I feel bound to state that I am in some doubt as to the abutment on the other side!'

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, from abut + -ment. Originally any "junction;" the architectural usage is attested from 1793 (the notion is of the meeting-place of the arches of a bridge, etc.).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ABUTMENT

buttress

nounbrace, support
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