Part of speech: noun

The act of abutting; a supporting structure, as at the end of a bridge or wall.

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Usage examples "abutment":

  1. Cutting steps with our ice- picks, and half- crawling, half- dragging ourselves, with the alpenstocks hooked into the rocks above, we scaled its height, and advanced to the next abutment. - "Across Asia on a Bicycle", Thomas Gaskell Allen and William Lewis Sachtleben.
  2. Dimly he discerned, seated above him on the abutment, a shape outlined against the stars. - "The Plunderer", Roy Norton.
  3. Fred's heart beat fast, and the blood came and went from his cheeks; he caught his breath heavily, and the water, the abutment and even Sam with his wicked ugly face were for a moment darkened. - "The Errand Boy", Horatio Alger.