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pier

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Pronunciation: /pɪə
 
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Definition of pier in English:

noun

1A platform on pillars projecting from the shore into the sea, typically incorporating entertainment arcades and places to eat.
Example sentences
  • However, visits to arcades on piers or family amusement centres suggest that this form of gambling is no longer conducted within a family environment.
  • The shops weren't as good, there were no amusement arcades and no pier or beach.
  • The news of the overspend comes as work continues at the shore end of the pier to build a new entrance bridge across the road.
1.1A structure projecting from the shore into a river, lake, or the sea, used as a landing stage for boats.
Example sentences
  • The grounds include a boat shed and pier with river and lake frontages, as well as lawn areas and a number of mature shrubs.
  • A safety zone was established around all visiting Navy and foreign ships as they transited to their berths at Manhattan's piers on the Hudson River.
  • Here, piers for lake boats delivering coal and oil to wholesale distributors, as well as building materials, were busy for many decades.
Synonyms
1.2A breakwater or mole.
Example sentences
  • The 1.1-acre site has access to a small bathing area and harbour enclosed by a concrete pier and a breakwater.
  • The harbour entrance itself was guarded by two breakwater piers of heavy sandstone construction for most of their length.
  • The trunnions and all the operational machinery are housed within the superstructure of the carina piers.
2British A long, narrow structure projecting from an airport terminal, giving passengers access to an aircraft.
Example sentences
  • The project includes the construction of a new passenger terminal and adjacent facilities, including new piers for the aircraft, taxiways and runway lines, as well as a parking area for cars, among other items.
  • It has supported a proposal for the provision of a low cost terminal D pier at Dublin Airport.
  • No Aer Rianta airport will be chosen as the low-fares airline has not been given permission to build a new pier at Dublin Airport.
3A solid support designed to sustain vertical pressure, in particular:
Example sentences
  • Also include some of the pier / vertical supports under the center area as well as the perimeter ones.
  • The analysis will also result in a recommendation for the maximum end-bearing pressure for bedrock piers.
  • The piers are designed as hollow box sections with an average height of 25 m.
3.1The pillar of an arch or supporting a bridge.
Example sentences
  • Various foundation types have been adopted to support the bridge piers and abutments.
  • ‘We could have built a conventional multi-span bridge supported by piers for about 20 per cent less,’ he said.
  • He said: ‘These were then lifted one at a time into place on top of the supporting piers to form the bridge.’
Synonyms
3.2A wall between windows or other adjacent openings.
Example sentences
  • The initial solution was the masonry vault, or a barrel-shaped, load-bearing span that supported the floor above, and rested on massive, and expensive, walls and piers.
  • Meanwhile the two piers between the windows are equal in width.
  • The window piers at Hampton Court are also too narrow to accommodate any of the illustrated tables except Figure 5.

Origin

Middle English: from medieval Latin pera, of unknown origin.

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