A structure that supports an arch, bridge, or dam at one or both of its ends.
From the old french abouter ("to abut"), from the latin buttare ("to strike, hit, bea.t")
- The abutments of the bridge were made of strong concrete.
- The abutment of the dam was designed to withstand the pressure of the water.
- The abutments of the arch were decorated with intricate carvings.
- The abutment at one end of the bridge was undermined by the river and had to be repaired.
- The abutments of the old bridge were replaced with newer, stronger structures.