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coun•ter•fort



Pronunciation: (koun'tur-fôrt", -fōrt"), [key]
n.
1. a buttress, esp. one for strengthening a basement wall against the pressure of earth.
2. a cantilevered weight, as in a retaining wall, having the form of a pier built on the side of the material to be retained.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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