counterfort

\\“+ˌ-\ noun (-s)
Etymology: part translation of Middle French contrefort, from contre- counter- + fort strength, force, from fort, adjective, strong — more at fort
: a buttress built against or integral with a wall (as a retaining wall or dam) but on the back or thrust-receiving side

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  • counterfort — n. kind of buttress of masonry to strengthen a revetment wall …   English contemporary dictionary

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