What does the word abutment mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Horatio Alger