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Definition of the noun flying buttress

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  1. a buttress that stands apart from the main structure and connected to it by an arch


Flying buttress: A flying buttress is a specific form of buttressing most strongly associated with Gothic church architecture. The purpose of any buttress is to resist the lateral forces pushing a wall outwards by redirecting them to the ground. The defining characteristic of a flying buttress is that the buttress is not in contact with the wall like a traditional buttress; lateral forces are transmitted across an intervening space between the wall and the buttress.

  • also known as ค้ำยันแบบปีก, 飞扶壁

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Google previewIllustrated Dictionary of Building (2012)

by Peter Brett

Flute Fillet Flying buttress Flying buttress Flutes or fluting Shallow, concave, vertical grooves in the shafts of columns and pilasters etc. They may meet at sharp arrises or alternatively be separated by small fillets. See also Reed. Flying buttress ...

Google previewA Visual Dictionary of Architecture (2011)

by Francis D. K. Ching

flying buttress An inclined bar of masonry carried on a segmental arch and transmitting an outward and downward thrustfrom a roof or vaulttoa solid ...

Google previewGrabb's Encyclopedia of Flaps: Head and Neck (2015)

by Berish Strauch, Luis O. Vasconez, Charles K. Herman, Bernard T. Lee

A flying buttress for the nasal bridge. A piece of septal cartilage may be needed to supply a replacement for the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (2006)

by James Stevens Curl

See flying buttress; buttress-tower: tower seeming to function as a buttress, as on either side ofa gateway, but mostly for defence; clasping buttress (2): massive buttress, square on plan, at the corner ofa building, usually ofthe *Romanesque or ...

Google previewThe New International Encyclopaedia (1906)

The flying buttress was a purely Gothic invention. Suppose a five-aisled Gothic cathedral, with buttresses outside opposite the fall of each vaulting compartment, and occupying substantially all the space between the large stained-glass ...

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

by Christopher Gorse, David Johnston, Martin Pritchard

flying buttress A *buttress that supports a wall at the *eaves level, associated with Gothic churches and cathedral architecture. flying Flemish bond A brickwork bond in which the ...

Google previewDictionary of Environmental Health (2003)

by David Worthington

flying buttress A type of buttress in which no part of the buttress itself is in contact with the ground. Usually a flying buttress is a curved (sometime straight) structure of stone or concrete composition in ...

Google previewArchitect's Illustrated Pocket Dictionary (2012)

by Nikolas Davies, Erkki Jokiniemi

flying buttress in Gothic church architecture, a stone buttress designed to take the lateral thrust of a roof, vault, or wall; it consists of a slender bar of ...

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