Meaning of skewback in English:


Pronunciation /ˈskjuːbak/


  • The sloping face of the abutment on which an extremity of an arch rests.

    ‘It was 525 metres long and was supported by 32 pontoons including stone skewbacks on both banks.’
    • ‘Without hinges, arch ribs extend continuously from skewback to skewback and are fixed at skewbacks so no rotation can occur and thus the bridge is called a fixed arch.’
    • ‘This was easier than cutting the bricks to make wedges, skewbacks and the arch key.’
    • ‘Additional issues include arch size and arch depths, keystones, soffits, skewbacks and the configuration of abutments.’
    • ‘The massive steel bases were positioned just above the skewbacks, using six hydraulic jacks to make delicate adjustments to their position and angle.’
    • ‘The job required excavation into steep slopes for the pier and skewbacks.’