Definition of flying buttress noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


flying buttress

BrE BrE//ˌflaɪɪŋ ˈbʌtrəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌflaɪɪŋ ˈbʌtrəs//
(architecture) Religious buildings
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a half arch of brick or stone that supports the outside wall of a large building such as a church See related entries: Religious buildings
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: flying buttress