views updated May 23 2018

a·but·ment / əˈbətmənt/ • n. a structure built to support the lateral pressure of an arch or span, e.g., at the ends of a bridge. ∎  the process of supporting something with such a structure. ∎  a point at which something abuts against something else.


views updated May 17 2018

1. Any solid structure, e.g. pier, which receives the thrust of an arch or vault.

2. Point at which a roof-structure rests on a wall.