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abutment (n.)

1640s, "that which borders on something else, the part abutting on or against," from abut (v.) + -ment. Originally any junction; the architectural usage, "solid structure where one arch of a bridge, etc., meets another" is attested from 1793 (the notion is of the meeting-place of the arches).

Origin and meaning of abutment

updated on September 12, 2022

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Definitions of abutment from WordNet

abutment (n.)
point of contact between two objects or parts;
abutment (n.)
a masonry support that touches and directly receives thrust or pressure of an arch or bridge;
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