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.
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The secondary counterforts attached to the wall in the section between Russian Gate and Monk's Gate at the Vabaduse Avenue, suggest that the town wall could have been modified.
The latter features two internal masonry bracing walls (counterforts) and was evidently filled with rubble by the 1550s to provide a compact base for an upper-level gun floor or casemate.