abutment abutment

Definition(s):

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

Usage(s):

  1. Ten days later a Liberian-registered oil tanker hit an abutment.
  2. Swerving onto the soft shoulder, the bus careened with tremendous force into the abutment of an overpass.
  3. He had been in perfect health until that afternoon when he was slammed against a bridge abutment while riding a freight train.

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