Meaning of ABUTMENT in English


əˈbətmənt noun

( -s )

1. : the place at which abutting occurs

at the abutment of two properties


a. : the part of a structure that directly receives thrust or pressure (as of an arch, vault, beam, or strut)

b. : an anchorage for the cables of a suspension bridge or aerial railway

c. : a tooth to which a denture or other prosthetic appliance is attached for support

3. : the action of abutting

abutment of two braces upon the post

4. : a fixed point, surface, or body from which resistance or reaction is obtained (as the cylinder head of a steam engine or the fulcrum of a lever)

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