Definition of pylon in English:


Syllabification: py·lon
Pronunciation: /ˈpīˌlän, -lən


  • 1An upright structure that is used for support or for navigational guidance, in particular.
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    • Initially, each roof was to have a three-dimensional truss, a giant bowtie in plan, supported on four massive pylons.
    • An early proposal was to add more supporting pylons, which would have ruined the buoyant esthetic that Foster sought.
    • Four corner pylons of masonry support a roof in three curves that rises against the slope.
  • 1.1 (also electricity pylon) A tower used for carrying power lines high above the ground.
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    • A spokeswoman said: ‘The owl is perched on one of our high voltage electricity pylons.’
    • Bandits and looters continue to bring down pylons carrying high voltage cables out in the desert road.
    • Concerns are also growing over the pylons needed to carry electricity from remote parts of the Highlands and the Borders.
  • 1.2A pillarlike structure on the wing of an aircraft used for carrying an engine, weapon, fuel tank, or other load.
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    • The answer to the problem was to hang immense fuel tanks from underwing pylons.
    • Each wing carries four stores pylons: three outboard and one inboard of the wheel fairing.
    • External fuel tanks can be carried on the pylons under the wings and jettisoned if necessary.
  • 1.3A tower or post marking a path for light aircraft, cars, or other vehicles, especially in racing.
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    • The room had already been lit by moveable light pylons, a leftover from when Wily had first set up operations there.
    • Swing left here and follow the path under pylons with the wall on the left.
    • Flickering to life, a small light shone from the pylon's centre as the Head Lorekeeper heard a familiar voice in her mind.
  • 1.4A monumental gateway to an ancient Egyptian temple formed by two truncated pyramidal towers.
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    • But only the next morning could we fathom the magnificence of the temple with its huge pylons and obelisks.
    • Both stand guard over a giant pylon of the mortuary temple of Amenophis the Third.
    • But as she walked between the huge pylons of the temple, Miri's soul shrivelled inside her.


mid 19th century: from Greek pulōn, from pulē 'gate'.

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