Definition of flying buttress in English:

flying buttress

noun

Architecture
  • A buttress slanting from a separate pier, typically forming an arch with the wall it supports.

    • ‘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 roof's magnificent arching trusses recall the flying buttresses of medieval cathedrals.’
    • ‘The new building resembled a mediaeval cathedral with its pointed arches, ribbed vaulting and flying buttresses.’
    • ‘On the east side, held aloft by concrete flying buttresses, the debating chamber also addresses the landscape.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

flying buttress

/ˈˌflaɪɪŋ ˈbətrəs//ˈˌflīiNG ˈbətrəs/