pillar

32 ENTRIES FOUND:

1pil·lar

noun \ˈpi-lər\

: a large post that helps to hold up something (such as a roof)

: someone who is an important member of a group

: a basic fact, idea, or principle of something

Full Definition of PILLAR

1
a :  a firm upright support for a superstructure :  post
b :  a usually ornamental column or shaft; especially :  one standing alone for a monument
2
a :  a supporting, integral, or upstanding member or part <a pillar of society>
b :  a fundamental precept <the five pillars of Islam>
3
:  a solid mass of coal, rock, or ore left standing to support a mine roof
4
:  a body part that resembles a column
pil·lar·less adjective
from pillar to post
:  from one place or one predicament to another

Examples of PILLAR

  1. <the ancient Greek temple boasted graceful marble pillars with richly ornamented tops>
  2. <my father has been my pillar throughout this crisis>

Origin of PILLAR

Middle English piler, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin pilare, from Latin pila
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot

2pillar

transitive verb

Definition of PILLAR

:  to provide or strengthen with or as if with pillars

First Known Use of PILLAR

1607

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

pil·lar

noun \ˈpil-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PILLAR

: a body part likened to a pillar or column (as the margin of the external inguinal ring); specifically : pillar of the fauces

pillar

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Relatively slender isolated vertical structural member such as a pier or (usually squat) column. It may be constructed of a single piece of stone or wood or built up of units, such as bricks. A pillar commonly has a load-bearing or stabilizing function, but it may also stand alone, as do commemorative pillars.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: pillar–and–breast
Previous Word in the Dictionary: pillage (verb)
All Words Near: pillar

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up pillar? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More