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Definition of Abutment


  1. State of abutting.
  2. That on or against which a body abuts or presses
  3. The solid part of a pier or wall, etc., which receives the thrust or lateral pressure of an arch, vault, or strut.
  4. A fixed point or surface from which resistance or reaction is obtained, as the cylinder head of a steam engine, the fulcrum of a lever, etc.
  5. In breech-loading firearms, the block behind the barrel which receives the pressure due to recoil.

Abutment Translations

abutment in Dutch is schoor, steunbeer, beer
abutment in Portuguese is limite
abutment in Spanish is estribo