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flying buttress at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] a curved line of stones or bricks that are joined to the outside wall of a large building such as a church, and help to support it//

flying buttress at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

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.

flying buttress at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

(architecture) a half arch of brick or stone that supports the outside wall of a large building such as a church

Flying buttress at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Buttress \But"tress\, n. [OE. butrasse, boterace, fr. F. bouter
to push; cf. OF. bouteret (nom. sing. and acc. pl. bouterez)
buttress. See {Butt} an end, and cf. {Butteris}.]
1. (Arch.) A projecting mass of masonry, used for resisting
the thrust of an arch, or for ornament and symmetry.

Note: When an external projection is used merely to stiffen a
wall, it is a pier.

2. Anything which supports or strengthens. ``The ground
pillar and buttress of the good old cause of
nonconformity.'' --South.

{Flying buttress}. See {Flying buttress}.

{Flying army} (Mil.) a body of cavalry and infantry, kept in
motion, to cover its own garrisons and to keep the enemy
in continual alarm. --Farrow.

{Flying artillery} (Mil.), artillery trained to rapid
evolutions, -- the men being either mounted or trained to
spring upon the guns and caissons when they change

{Flying bridge}, {Flying camp}. See under {Bridge}, and

{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.

{Flying colors}, flags unfurled and waving in the air; hence:

{To come off with flying colors}, to be victorious; to
succeed thoroughly in an undertaking.

{Flying doe} (Zo["o]l.), a young female kangaroo.

{Flying dragon}.
(a) (Zo["o]l.) See {Dragon}, 6.
(b) A meteor. See under {Dragon}.

{Flying Dutchman}.
(a) A fabled Dutch mariner condemned for his crimes to sail
the seas till the day of judgment.
(b) A spectral ship.

{Flying fish}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Flying fish}, in the

{Flying fox} (Zo["o]l.), the colugo.

{Flying frog} (Zo["o]l.), an East Indian tree frog of the
genus {Rhacophorus}, having very large and broadly webbed
feet, which serve as parachutes, and enable it to make
very long leaps.

{Flying gurnard} (Zo["o]l.), a species of gurnard of the
genus {Cephalacanthus} or {Dactylopterus}, with very large
pectoral fins, said to be able to fly like the flying
fish, but not for so great a distance.

Note: Three species are known; that of the Atlantic is
{Cephalacanthus volitans}.

{Flying jib} (Naut.), a sail extended outside of the standing
jib, on the flying-jib boom.

{Flying-jib boom} (Naut.), an extension of the jib boom.

{Flying kites} (Naut.), light sails carried only in fine

{Flying lemur}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Colugo}.

{Flying level} (Civil Engin.), a reconnoissance level over
the course of a projected road, canal, etc.

{Flying lizard}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Dragon}, n. 6.

{Flying machine}, an apparatus for navigating the air; a form
of balloon. -- {Flying mouse} (Zo["o]l.), the opossum
mouse ({Acrobates pygm[ae]us}), of Australia.

Note: It has lateral folds of skin, like the flying
squirrels. -- {Flying party} (Mil.), a body of soldiers
detailed to hover about an enemy. -- {Flying phalanger}
(Zo["o]l.), one of several species of small marsuupials of
the genera {Petaurus} and {Belideus}, of Australia and New
Guinea, having lateral folds like those of the flying
squirrels. The sugar squirrel ({B. sciureus}), and the
ariel ({B. ariel}), are the best known; -- called also
{squirrel petaurus} and {flying squirrel}. See {Sugar
squirrel}. -- {Flying pinion}, the fly of a clock. --
{Flying sap} (Mil.), the rapid construction of trenches (when
the enemy's fire of case shot precludes the method of
simple trenching), by means of gabions placed in
juxtaposition and filled with earth. -- {Flying shot}, a
shot fired at a moving object, as a bird on the wing. --
{Flying spider}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Ballooning spider}. --
{Flying squid} (Zo["o]l.), an oceanic squid ({Ommastrephes,
or Sthenoteuthis, Bartramii}), abundant in the Gulf
Stream, which is able to leap out of the water with such
force that it often falls on the deck of a vessel. --
{Flying squirrel} (Zo["o]l.) See {Flying squirrel}, in the
Vocabulary. -- {Flying start}, a start in a sailing race
in which the signal is given while the vessels are under
way. -- {Flying torch} (Mil.), a torch attached to a long
staff and used for signaling at night.

flying buttress at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

flying buttress
n : a buttress that stands apart from the main structure and
connected to it by an arch [syn: {arc-boutant}]

flying buttress at English (WD) Of Explained:

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Inter: en-noun » head=flying buttress|es
  • Inter: architectur » e a buttress that stands apart from the structure that it supports, and is connected to it by an arch (flyer).


    * arc-boutant


    Inter: trans-top » buttress that stands apart from the structure that it supports
    • Catalan: arcbotant {{m}}
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|vzpěrný oblouk|m
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|luchtboog|m
    • Finnish: (ulkoinen) Inter: t- » fi|tukipilari
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|arc-boutant|m
    • German: Strebebogen {{m}}
    • Hebrew: תמיכות דואות Inter: f » p

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|arco rampante|m
  • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|потпорна арка|f|tr=pótporna árka
  • Norwegian: strebebue {{m}}
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|arcobotante|m
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|аркбутан|m|tr=arkbután
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|arbotante|m
  • Swedish: strävbåge {{c}}, Inter: t+ » sv|strävpelare

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: et » flying buttress
    Translation: ru » flying buttress
    Translation: ta » flying buttress