Shortening of abutment.
butment (plural butments)
- (architecture) A buttress of an arch; the supporter, or that part which joins it to the upright pier.
- (masonry) The mass of stone or solid work at the end of a bridge, by which the extreme arches are sustained, or by which the end of a bridge without arches is supported.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.