Translation of buttress in Spanish:


contrafuerte, n.

Pronunciation /ˈbətrəs/ /ˈbʌtrɪs/


  • 1

    contrafuerte masculine
    flying buttress arbotante
    • The remnant of a long-disused church building, it was built out of solid stone with massive buttresses supporting long, high walls.
    • Around the perimeter, massive brick buttresses provide lateral restraint.
    • Kain thanked the man and followed the directions, coming to a thickly built stone building with buttresses and smaller towers extending several stories above where the main building ended.
    • Great stone buttresses stood on either side of the wall, giving support to the monumental structure and framing the temple grounds themselves.
    • Up here, suspended dizzyingly more than 100 feet above the ground, it is easy to see how the great stone buttresses that support the magnificent cathedral have been eroded by time.
    • Very slender and elegant precast concrete arches span the space to bear on buttresses so massive that they provide alcoves off the big central space, the social heart of the academic community.
    • The frame acquired the architectural elements of its churchlike structure: columns, cornices, arches and traceries, buttresses, ornate roundels like rose windows.
    • The contrast is jaw-dropping; architectural values have been binned, and walls, windows and buttresses bunged in anywhere simply to prop up the facade at the front.
    • There are vertical walls with jagged buttresses, sweeping canyons, arches, narrow gullies and fissures in the rock that develop into caves at the waterline.
    • I leaned against the damp stone of the buttress, tilting my head to follow the line of the sheer wall up to where the ghosts of clouds raced before the moon.
    • This emphasised that the structure is not in fact circular, but built in straight segments that may indicate radial walls or buttresses.
    • The trunks of some of the trees were three times the girth of anything in Europe, and many had enormous walls of wood sprouting from their bases like the buttresses of gothic cathedrals.
    • This is no ordinary brick arch and buttress structure.
    • You will notice the buttresses, the porch, the crenellations on the walls, and the four light mullioned windows.
    • The pub itself has been strengthened by buttresses to stop the subsidence worsening, and survived the tremor unscathed.
    • They saw huge caverns, their roofs supported by great natural buttresses and pillars of rock.
    • The handsome and much-photographed chimneys doubled as buttresses for added roof support.
    • The tower was built of massive columns, great white pillars, supported by beams and buttresses.
    • The path goes up by the left side of the main buttress in front of you.
    • Typical of its period is the way the upper parts of the walls step back above the buttresses before reaching a straight parapet.
  • 2

    (for a theory, argument)
    apoyo masculine
    • Even ‘reverence for the emperor, the most important ideological buttress of the old order, was evidently giving way’.
    • At every stage in a fairytale life, the stoic sensible lovely Lancashire lass has been Tom's buttress, giving unstinting support and keeping his feet firmly on the ground.
    • In these short few weeks the coach must re-shape - he vehemently contests the description ‘rebuild’ - Rangers, with a new midfield, attack, and a defensive buttress or two.
    • These statements only underscore the extent to which the unions and NDP are buttresses of the existing social order.
    • For the first time in human history the inferior man has no ready buttress for his self-regard.
    • The Church is called a pillar and buttress because there are many local churches throughout the world performing this function.
    • The ‘truth’ becomes another buttress in the society's ideological infrastructure.
    • They were a more effective buttress of the Crown than its own bureaucracy or civil service.
    • The main buttress of state security is the national defense capability and only after it comes the economic might.
    • It means he can defend his own defence, with Nerlinger providing the buttress to protect the centre-backs.
    • You'll simmer them quickly in their own juices with onion, garlic, and fresh basil, gentle buttresses for their full, robust flavor.
    • Property and financial prosperity were powerful testimonies to the strength of each of these categories and a buttress to weak claims to either.
    • The clergy did not do so because English kings were the protectors of the faith against heretics and a buttress against anticlerical attack.
    • As a buttress of the ugly martial law regime, it wrecked many more lives than those of these two kidnappers.
    • Stallman thus launched his movement to build a buttress against this trend, by developing a free operating system within which the freedoms he had known could continue.
    • Chad was seen as a buttress against Libya.
    • Male conservatives can then quote female operatives, using the sex of the original messenger as a buttress against similar complaints.

transitive verb

  • 1

    (wall) reforzar con un contrafuerte
    • For example, huge ‘flying shores’ had to be fitted to buttress the structure against movement.
    • Preparing for all these people, and buttressing runways for a plane that can weigh 544 tonnes on takeoff, is not cheap.
    • The outer walls were buttressed with typical large blocks while within, they were fashioned from small unfinished stones mortared into place, reminding one of a traditional castle or keep in Avalon or Torrencia.
    • High, spidery scaffolding buttressed its walls on both sides, and though there was no one working now, Pres could see pails and rags scattered along the planking.
    • Rafters were cut into mortised joints at the ridge, and braces buttress the walls in every direction.
    • But he saw too that these same houses were surrounded by high walls, all heavily buttressed against the regular earthquakes.
    • All the televisions were tuned to the Weather Channel and workers buttressed the hotel's smoked-glass windows with sheets of plywood.
    • A protective structure adapted to buttress opposed upright walls of an excavation.
    • It is more economical to buttress it at certain intervals than to make the entire wall thicker.
    • Although these thrusts can be resolved by tensile reinforcing in the perimeter beams it is simplest, and most natural, and stable to use the building itself to buttress the horizontal thrusts.
  • 2

    (argument/case) respaldar
    (argument/case) apoyar
    • We regard Article 10 as reinforcing and buttressing the conclusions we have reached and set out above.
    • The Athenian polis, buttressed by the strength of its Council of Five Hundred and Assembly of citizens, managed to gain control of a confederation of city-states which gradually became the Athenian Empire.
    • Whether in business or politics, partnerships are supposed to buttress the strengths of those involved.
    • By waging geopolitical wars, clamping down on immigration and regulating the mobility of capital, it buttresses its own authority, and maintains the false boundaries of nation-states.
    • The southern Cape's political strength is very much buttressed because the party's Provincial Leader is the mayor of George.
    • The evidence about human genetic differences in cognition found in psychometric research increasingly is getting buttressed by results from biological research.
    • Transmitted to Washington by the British, the Zimmermann telegram helped buttress President Woodrow Wilson's decision to call for a declaration of war against Germany.
    • Cable and satellite operators seldom disclose subscription numbers, but what numbers are available buttress Peck's point.
    • Remember, these thinly capitalized companies' insurance buttress truly enormous quantities of securities.
    • He had read a great deal of history, but he does not buttress his position by quoting from historical sources, as he was later to do.
    • When analysts can cite other experts, whether private sector or foreign liaison, they add to their own credibility - experts talk to other experts - as well as buttress their argument.
    • In other words, participant observers frequently buttress their observations with methods of data collection that allow them access to important areas that are not amenable to observation.
    • Nevertheless, many private landowners maintain feeders and dole out mineral supplements to retain the deer and buttress antler growth.
    • I was expecting at least a stout defence, and probably new evidence that would help buttress his case, but he barely rated a mention in Trevor Mallard's speech, and I will tell the members why.
    • Wenger noted that sustained workplace relationships and interaction buttress communities of practice.
    • By this reckoning, buoyant growth will boost wages and salaries, giving home buyers the extra money they need to cover their increased borrowing costs and so buttress housing.
    • And small-world experiences that we encounter naturally buttress people's religious faith as evidence of ‘design.’
    • Ultimately, though, this fear of sexuality buttresses Bulosan's inability to perceive the material realities of prostitution and sexual abuse.
    • The move buttresses Hormel's long-standing strategy to form joint ventures with Mexican, Asian, Indian and Mediterranean brands to cater to the growing ethnic population.