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Noun: buttressing  bú-tru-sing
  1. A support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building
    - buttress
Verb: buttress  bú-tris
  1. Reinforce with a buttress
    "Buttress the church"
  2. Make stronger or defensible
    "buttress your thesis"

Type of: beef up, fortify, reenforce, reinforce, strengthen, support

Encyclopedia: Buttress, William