Definition of pillar in English:

pillar

Line breaks: pil¦lar
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪlə
 
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noun

1A tall vertical structure of stone, wood, or metal, used as a support for a building, or as an ornament or monument.
More example sentences
  • Every bungalow is supported on stone pillars, which permits us to maintain the natural terrain and vegetation.
  • The former asylum opened in 1816 is a stately quadrangular building of stone with pillars of the Doric order.
  • They carve memorial pillars in wood and stone for their dead.
Synonyms
column, post, pole, support, upright, vertical, baluster, pier, pile, piling, pilaster, stanchion, standard, prop, buttress; rod, shaft, leg, mast, tower, pylon; obelisk, monolith
technical newel, caryatid, telamon, herm
1.1Something shaped like a pillar: a pillar of rock
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  • The memory cell includes an access transistor formed in a pillar of single crystal semiconductor material.
  • Suddenly, when his opponent was close to the wall he sent a pillar of rock shooting towards Michael's head.
  • Elisa, Dhaiiski, and Cassida appeared downtown area at the center of a pillar of yellow circles.
1.2A solid mass of coal left to support the roof of a mine.
1.3A person or thing regarded as reliably providing essential support for something: he was a pillar of his local community
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  • The US considers it essential to maintain Morocco as a pillar of support in the Arab world.
  • She learned Arabic and became a pillar of support in local communities, often helping the needy in the face of opposition during the dictator's regime.
  • All those detained in the sweep were members of a family described as a pillar of support for the ousted regime, said the US Lieutenant Colonel.
Synonyms
stalwart, mainstay, strength, tower of strength, bastion, rock; leading light, worthy, backbone, support, upholder, champion, torch-bearer

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French piler, based on Latin pila 'pillar'.

Phrases

from pillar to post

From one place to another in an unceremonious or fruitless manner: they were pushed from pillar to post from the moment they left their homes
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  • Mrs Swaffield said: ‘It is so wrong that this old lady is being pushed around from pillar to post.’
  • Patients with mental health problems will no longer be pushed from pillar to post once a new resource centre has opened at Queensway House in Southend.
  • ‘I feel very guilty even now about how David got pushed from pillar to post,’ said Linda.

Derivatives

pillared

adjective
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  • The courts were erected in 1835 and the façade with its pillared portico was a brutal statement of power designed to strike fear into the hearts of would-be miscreants who might suffer the full weight of a harsh penal code.
  • The discreet wealth of this corner of London, with the pillared porticos of clubland, and the gleaming brass plaques of private banks, no doubt witnesses its own share of deal-making on Africa.
  • There will be a residents' trust to oversee the running of the New England style development, which will feature a white pillared community hall and even a concierge service for household chores.

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