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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Concrete block retaining wall technology in the decade following World War II limited non-reinforced vertical face gravity walls and steel reinforced cantilever, buttressed, or counterfort walls to an 8- to 10-ft height.