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Definition of the noun abutment

What does abutment mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: abutments

  1. point of contact between two objects or parts
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic word: point = the precise location of something
  2. a masonry support that touches and directly receives thrust or pressure of an arch or bridge
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: support = supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation

Alternative definition of the noun abutment


  1. [chiefly of an object] The state of abutting.
  2. Something that abuts.
  3. The thing on which something abuts.
  4. The point of junction between two things that abut.
  5. A construction that supports the end of a bridge.


  1. Abutment: In engineering, abutment refers to the substructure at the end of a bridge span whereon the bridge's superstructure rests. Single-span bridges have abutments at each end which provide vertical and lateral support for the bridge, as well as acting as retaining walls to resist lateral movement of the earthen fill of the bridge approach. Multi-span bridges require piers to support ends of spans unsupported by abutments.
  2. Abutment: In dentistry, an abutment is a connecting element.

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Google previewContemporary Fixed Prosthodontics (2006)

by Stephen F. Rosenstiel, Martin F. Land, Junhei Fujimoto

The mesial abutment is a canine, shaped to look like a lateral incisor. The distal abutment is a partial cast crown, which proved to be esthetically acceptable because the metal had been correctly contoured. prevent enamel chipping. A chamfer ...

Google previewUnderstanding Architecture (2005)

An Introduction to Architecture and Architectural History by Hazel Conway, Rowan Roenisch

The springing is the point at which the arch rises from its support, which might be a pier or a wall; the abutment is any solid structure such as a pier or wall which resists the thrust of an arch or vault. During construction arches require a ...

Google previewComputational Analysis and Design of Bridge Structures (2014)

by Chung C. Fu, Shuqing Wang

An integral abutment is a stub abutment on a single row of flexible piles and constructed without joints. These bridges allow for expansion and contraction through movement at the abutments. In the conventional design of the superstructure, ...

Google previewMaster Dentistry (2008)

Volume 2: Restorative Dentistry, Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics by Peter Heasman

The abutment is the component that is connected to the fixture and traverses the overlying soft tissue to provide a connection between the fixture and the overlying restoration. The final component of the system is the restoration or ...

Google previewMosby's Dental Assisting Exam Review (2017)

by Mosby, Betty Ladley Finkbeiner

An abutment is a tooth, root, or implant that is used to support the end of a bridge.

Google previewThe Edinburgh Encyclopaedia (1832)

Tv the horizontal force is radius; at the same time also, the pressure T e on the abutment is the secant of the same angle ; and the weight c d of any section is the difference of the tangents of the inclinations of its upper and lower abutments.

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms (1984)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

An abutment is the particular section of either a buttress or a pier which actually receives the pressure or thrust exerted by the weight of an arch or vault. In bridge building an abutment is the support at either extreme end of the structure or, ...

Google previewDental Materials - E-Book (2014)

Clinical Applications for Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists by Carol Dixon Hatrick, W. Stephan Eakle, William F. Bird

The implant abutment is the manufactured component that screws into the implant fixture and has intimate contact with the gingival cuff. It is incorporated into the crown for a screw-retained crown (see Figure 11-3). The screw-retained crown ...

Google previewHarty's Dental Dictionary (2007)

by Peter Heasman, Giles McCracken

abutment Support to receive lateral and horizontal thrust. In dentistry, a tooth, crown or part of an implant used to provide support, stabilization, ...

Google previewThe Visual Dictionary of Architecture (2008)

by Gavin Ambrose, Paul Harris, Sally Stone

Abutment. The construction that supports the end of a bridge. Pictured is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA, which was designed by Joseph B. Strauss and completed in 1937. On the right-hand side of the image, the abutment can ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Construction, Surveying, and Civil Engineering (2012)

by Christopher Gorse, David Johnston, Martin Pritchard, Martin Pritchard (BEng (Hons), PhD.)

abutment 1.

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica (1902)

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature

Let a girder, supported at the ends, carry a fixed load W at m from the right abutment. The reactions at the abutments are R1 = Wm/l and R2 = W(l-m)/l. The shears on vertical sections to the left and right of the load are R, and -R, and the ...

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Abutment Meaning

Video shows what abutment means. The point of junction between two things, in particular a support, that abuts.. The solid portion of a structure that supports the ...

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I was on the abutment. (Abraham Zapruder)
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Scrabble value of A1B3U1T1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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