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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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It is an evergreen tree, with a gently-tapering trunk, though old trees, especially in more exposed positions, often have considerable short-length buttresses.
The swollen bases, or buttresses, of tree species are evocative of lowland forests in the wet tropics (Kaufman 1988), but similar basal swelling is common in swamp and floodplain forests in temperate areas.
The art-nouveau abiding influence of Glasgow's renowned architect, Rennie Mackintosh, is especially evident with statuary, roses and elongated forms in the clock tower which stands 83ft high with a green copper-clad pagoda roof, carved elongated figures adjacent to four buttresses at the top and above the doorway below, on either side of which are sculptures related to the theme of time in Lindley.
details the use of buttresses in the reduction and repair of fractures in the craniomaxillofacial region, with a focus on the cranium and face and including the microbuttresses of the orbit and periorbit.
Its most prominent elements are a "blue sail" facade element adorned with the Olympic rings; intricately carved, A-shaped concrete buttresses that line the exterior; and wood canopies and soaring wood arches--made of recycled lumber--that comprise the massive 6.
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.