Flying buttress

Definition of Flying buttress

See Flying buttress.
(Arch.) a contrivance for taking up the thrust of a roof or vault which can not be supported by ordinary buttresses. It consists of a straight bar of masonry, usually sloping, carried on an arch, and a solid pier or buttress sufficient to receive the thrust. The word is generally applied only to the straight bar with supporting arch.

See also: Buttress Flying

Related Words

arc-boutant, buttress, buttressing
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