counterfort


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counterfort

[′kau̇nt·ər‚fȯrt]
(civil engineering)
A strengthening pier perpendicular and bonded to a retaining wall.

counterfort

In masonry structures, a buttress, spur wall, pier, or projecting portion, extending upward from the foundation or from the inner face of a basement, abutment, or retaining wall to provide additional resistance to thrust.