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pilaster

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noun pi·las·ter \pi-ˈlas-tər, ˈpī-ˌlas-\

Simple Definition of pilaster

  • : a rectangular column that is attached to a wall and that is used for decoration or support

Full Definition of pilaster

  1. :  an upright architectural member that is rectangular in plan and is structurally a pier but architecturally treated as a column and that usually projects a third of its width or less from the wall

Examples of pilaster

  1. <the rectangular pilasters spaced along the building's facade lend an air of classical grandeur>



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Origin of pilaster

Middle French pilastre, from Italian pilastro


First Known Use: 1575

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pilaster

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noun pi·las·ter \pi-ˈlas-tər\

Medical Definition of pilaster

  1. :  an elongated hardened ridge; especially :  a longitudinal bony ridge on the back of the femur




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