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Know anything about buttresses on medieval castles?
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Date: 8/22/12 12:59 PM

Hi -- I've been trying for about an hour to find a French translation for "strip buttress," but there's nothing. If you're an architect or on very close terms with one, could you please let me know a.s.a.p. if there's a synonym in English for "strip buttress"? (Not the one someone guessed at on Yahoo Answers, please. )

Better yet, if you're French AND an architect, maybe you know what the term is in French? All I've found is the general term for buttress, contrefort. I also found one site where someone explained the difference between a strip buttress and a flying buttress (some sources were saying it was the same thing, but apparently not).

Thanks!!!!!

Yep, I realize this is a totally weird question to ask on a sewing forum. But the sooner I finish these translations, the sooner I can start sewing again, so there is a connection!


-- Edited on 8/22/12 1:33 PM --

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Date: 8/22/12 2:49 PM

As nearly as I can tell, a strip buttress is a vertical feature resembling a pillar, but one which does not actually bear weight or resist thrust. It might therefore be some kind of pilastre.

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Date: 8/22/12 3:05 PM

Thanks very much -- I'll see where that takes me. I'll run it by the person who wrote the English description.

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Date: 8/22/12 3:24 PM

...OK, she says a strip buttress can also be described as a pier buttress or even as a simple masonry buttress, depending on the thickness. So if all else fails I'll have to just call it a "contrefort."

Just got the funny sensation that two of my worlds are intermingling. I may forget which world I'm in and start talking about all sorts of things no one here wants to know about, lol.

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