buttress buttress  /ˈbə trəs/


  1. (n) a support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building
  2. (v) make stronger or defensible
  3. (v) reinforce with a buttress


  1. After an thorough investigation, the inspectors discovered that the weak buttress was the cause for the buildings collapse.
  2. The prosecution said that their case was buttressed on irrefutable evidence and this time around they had their man.
  3. Ruth buttressed her charge of blackmail with the tapes of her conversation with the blackmailer.


  1. Reuters: Apple considering 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhones, $99 model

    Apple could be looking to buttress its iPhone range considerably over the next year by adding larger 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch models and a cheaper, $99 handset with a wider range of colors, according to sources from Reuters . The media outlet added that the moves are still under discussion, but represent an attempt to gain back share from arch-competitor Samsung, which has flooded the market with ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Engadget

  2. The Storm, Next Time

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposals to buttress New York City gives his successor a good starting point.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: New York Times

  3. Immigrants Contribute More To Medicare Than They Take Out, Study Finds

    As Congress mulls changing America's border and naturalization rules, a study finds that immigrant workers are helping buttress Medicare's finances, because they contribute tens of billions a year more than immigrant retirees use in medical services.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Jackson Free Press

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  1. ...John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who ran against Bush for president in 2004, said it was wrong for Bush to declassify information selectively "in order to buttress phony arguments to go to war and to attack people politically. This...
    on Apr 9, 2006 By: John Kerry Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  2. "Compulsory ID cards for foreign nationals will be a vital buttress of our defences giving businesses and public services the choice to check whether someone is who they say they are," Mr Byrne said.
    on Mar 28, 2007 By: Liam Byrne Source: Politics.co.uk

  3. "It is necessary to buttress mutual trust and strengthen bilateral relations," Abe said in his first news conference after being elected by parliament to succeed Junichiro Koizumi as prime minister. "The Japan-United States alliance forms the...
    on Sep 25, 2006 By: Shinzo Abe Source: International Herald Tribune

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