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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 The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

In Gothic architecture, a stone buttress in the form of an arched prop, supported at one end by the main wall of a building and at the other end by a pier, in order to resist a lateral thrust. A pinnacle on the top of the pier increases its stability.

See also buttress.

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