Noun Abutment Definition and Examples







A structure built to support the lateral pressure of an arch or span, e.g. at the ends of a bridge.
  1. 'This carefully orchestrated progression was upset soon after it was created: in January 1938, ice pushed the Honeymoon Bridge off of its abutments, causing it to collapse.'
  2. 'The key section was the middle span, a 154 foot piece that sat on two stone abutments that were put up after an extensive fill had narrowed the river valley.'
  3. 'Hummelstown brownstone traversed the gamut of the masonry trades from foundation to lintel, mansion to privy, bridge abutment to gravestone, skyscraper to curbstone, and so on for seemingly endless uses.'
  4. 'He admits that he sees the world as hopeless and has considered driving his motorcycle into a bridge abutment.'
  5. 'For example, in an arched bridge, the force of compression is pushed along the curve of the arch toward the abutments.'
  6. 'Bridgework involves the preparation of supporting teeth known as abutments.'
  7. 'Although the waters of the Baker River were well up on the Smith Bridge, the bridge stayed on its abutments.'
  8. 'They can be configured for linear, square, or rectangular excavations to depths of 30 ft. or more for such uses as pipelines, pits, retaining walls, and bridge abutments.'
  9. 'As I returned up-stream, I was amazed to see that I had walked right past a bridge abutment.'
  10. 'Bemoaning his mangled truck, which was upside down in a ditch when officers arrived, Surachai told police that he had been returning home from Sattahip when he collided with a bridge abutment and lost control.'
  11. 'efficient abutment is needed at this point'
  12. 'a mirror with a delicate border of engraved blue glass in ten sections, each abutment masked by a thin metal strip'
((n.) State of abutting.|--|(n.) That on or against which a body abuts or presses|--|(n.) The solid part of a pier or wall, etc., which receives the thrust or lateral pressure of an arch, vault, or strut.|--|(n.) A fixed point or surface from which resistance or reaction is obtained, as the cylinder head of a steam engine, the fulcrum of a lever, etc.|--|(n.) In breech-loading firearms, the block behind the barrel which receives the pressure due to recoil.|--|)


1. Architecture, Civil Engineering. a masonry mass supporting and receiving the thrust of part of an arch or vault. a force that serves to abut an arch or vault. a mass, as of masonry, receiving the arch, beam, truss, etc., at each end of a bridge. a mass or structure for resisting the pressure of water on a bridge, pier, or the like. each of the parts of a canyon or the like receiving the thrusts of an arch dam. a structure for absorbing tensions from reinforcing strands for concrete being prestressed.

2. the place where projecting parts meet; junction.

3. Dentistry. a tooth or tooth root that supports or stabilizes a bridge, denture, or other prosthetic appliance.


"There can be abutment ventilation systems."
"abutments can be on bridges."
"abutments can be to choirs."
"abutments can be between tanks."
"abutments can be between surfaces."
"abutments can be between channels."

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