A buttress slanting from a separate pier, typically forming an arch with the wall it supports.
- ‘Flowing, graceful flying buttresses which supported the lofty circular roofs curled outwards to the ground, melding stylishly with the thick columns straining beneath the bulk of the grand palace.’
- ‘On the east side, held aloft by concrete flying buttresses, the debating chamber also addresses the landscape.’
- ‘The new roof's magnificent arching trusses recall the flying buttresses of medieval cathedrals.’
- ‘Gothic architecture has a particular look: the pointed or ogival arch, ribbed vaults, rose windows, towers, and tremendous height in the nave, supported by flying buttresses.’
- ‘The new building resembled a mediaeval cathedral with its pointed arches, ribbed vaulting and flying buttresses.’