buttress

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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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Products containing PreLoaded and Flying Buttress technologies are slated for early 2004.
He once wrote that he was not a pillar of the Church but more of a flying buttress I support it from the outside.
She has a somewhat magnificent superstructure, a flying buttress as it were, which goes triumphantly before her, but not a bosom to which anyone should ever expect to be clutched or into which they can sink.