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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 previewDental Materials - Elsevieron VitalSource (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 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 previewArthroscopic Management of Ulnar Pain (2012)

by Francisco del Piñal

Ulnocarpal abutment is the inversion of the distal radioulnar index with a positive ulnar variance (long ulna) and is most frequently secondary to distal radius fractures. The relative “shortening of the radius” leads to a conflict between the ulnar ...

Google previewMaster Dentistry (2008)

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

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 superstructure ...

Google previewNotes of a journey from Toronto to British Columbia via the Northern Pacific Railway

by Ch.W. Busk

The westernmost abutment is an iron beam resting ...

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

A Dictionary of Discriminated Synonyms with Antonyms and Analogous and Contrasted Words 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 previewElectrical Review (1901)

Apart from the draw pier, the Middletown or west abutment is the heaviest piece of work, containing 815 cubic yards of masonry. As the turntable is entirely rim- bearing, the outside coping course is* hammerdressed to receive steel bed- plates ...

Google previewHarty's Dental Dictionary - Elsevieron VitalSource (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 previewA Dictionary of Construction, Surveying, and Civil Engineering (2012)

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

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Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana; Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge on an Original Plan Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings Edited by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose (1845)

Mixed sciences, vol. 4

The abutment pieces for the gun deck to be ...

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 previewSturgis' Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture and Building (2013)

An Unabridged Reprint of the 1901-2 Edition by Russell Sturgis, Francis A. Davis

Parts of the construction immediately dependent upon or connected with an arch are the Abutment ,- Impost ; Skew Back ,- Spandrel ; Springer. (For the influence of the arch upon building and architectural design see Arcua-te.)—— R. S. ...

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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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