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Definition: flying buttress from The Macquarie Dictionary

a segmental arch which carries the thrust of a wall over a space to a solid pier buttress.

Plural: flying buttresses

Summary Article: flying buttress
From Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

Masonry structure typically consisting of an inclined bar carried on a half arch that extends (“flies”) from the upper part of a wall to a pier some distance away and carries the thrust of a roof or vault. A pinnacle (vertical ornament of pyramidal or conical shape) often crowns the pier, adding weight and enhancing stability. The flying buttress evolved in the Gothic era from earlier simpler, hidden supports. The design increased the supporting power of the buttress and allowed for the creation of the high-ceilinged churches typical of Gothic architecture.

Event: flying buttress

Keywords: flying buttress

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