Buttresses are pieces of architecture that support the weight of a building. They are usually made out of stone or brick, and they help to keep the building stable.

  • The buttresses help to support the weight of the tower.

  • The buttresses help to keep the walls of the castle strong.

Definition of buttresses


a support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building




make stronger or defensible


reinforce with a buttress

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Example Sentences for buttresses

  • 1

    Heavy buttresses divide the windows and support the tower.

  • 2

    At the base of the buttress are two dungeons or cells.

  • 3

    'Endiandra discolor' is a buttressed rainforest tree.

  • 4

    The base of the trunk sometimes has buttresses.

  • 5

    The walls and buttress were made of tezontle.

  • 6

    But the second argument does tend to buttress the first.

  • 7

    Four citations buttress the claims made in the passage.

  • 8

    The mountain is located on the western buttress of Abbot Pass.

  • 9

    The nave to the east cuts around the buttress to embrace it.

  • 10

    It was among the first buildings in the world to use the flying buttress.