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buttress

(lip'ō-oks'ĭ-jen-ās),
A structure placed against the base of another to support or stabilize it.
[M.E. buteras, fr. O. Fr. bouterez, fr. Germanic]
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The 18-year-old former Earlsheaton High School student has helped rescue one of two surviving flying buttresses at the abbey, which support the 13th- century church.
The $100,000 grant, earmarked specifically for repair of 54 flying buttresses to stabilize the three tallest towers, will lead to a complete restoration in the year 2000.
The function of buttresses has been extensively studied in tropical settings (Henwood 1973; Richter 1984; Kaufman 1988; Lewis 1988; Warren et.
On the buttresses themselves are sculptures portraying the virtues of Truth, Love, Purity and Justice by Stirling Lee, who also sculpted the other statues.
Luminaires were cleverly hidden within the architecture, recessed in-ground and mounted to the buttresses and canopies to create the effect.
Entertaining the children throughout the day was The Flying Buttresses, an interactive puppetry show which went out and about among the crowds.
longicornis prefers large trees bearing buttresses and burrows at the base where the individuals hide during daytime.
With adjustable buttresses and Velcro[R] closures, the Multi-Action Knee Strap is also ideal in assisting patellar tracking.
Buttresses, counterweights and road plates do not obstruct authorized traffic.
A Hard Poem To Give Courage: When the Master takes me/to the buttresses of the hardest squares/and there lets me fall down drunk/someone always picks me up//I never stayed there for more than a few hours/delivered to the hands of animals in the shade/and there was always a pulse for me/something like a poet or a woman who sells tickets//when there wasn't, I had the dew/the repose of stones/and wine without venom//When the Master leaves us/there is always a human being up against the wall/who comes and lifts us up.
Of course, you can also add dead men or buttresses to resist this water load; however, the economics of this particular work is such that typically, drainage is a more economical solution.
From their viewpoints the conspicuous consumption buttresses our economy.