- n point of contact between two objects or parts
- n a masonry support that touches and directly receives thrust or pressure of an arch or bridge
- Ten days later a Liberian-registered oil tanker hit an abutment.
- Building it, with its cable-suspended roof and abutment-supported "bow" and "stern," proved a contractor's nightmare.
- Swerving onto the soft shoulder, the bus careened with tremendous force into the abutment of an overpass.