Definition of pylon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpīˌlän/


1An upright structure that is used for support or for navigational guidance, in particular.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: py·lon

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