Buttress pier | Article about buttress pier by The Free Dictionary
1. A pier acting as a buttress by receiving lateral thrusts.
2. The part of a buttress which rises above the point of thrust of a vault.
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With the exception of the Teflon sails suspended from lighting masts to give lateral protection to the grandstand, the structural framework for the stadium as a whole is provided by highly articulated raked concrete buttress piers