pylon

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py·lon

noun \ˈpī-ˌlän, -lən\

: a tall tower or similar structure

: a tall, metal structure that is part of a series of structures supporting a long stretch of electrical wire

American football : one of the upright markers that are positioned at the corners of the end zone

Full Definition of PYLON

1
a :  a usually massive gateway
b :  an ancient Egyptian gateway building in a truncated pyramidal form
c :  a monumental mass flanking an entranceway or an approach to a bridge
2
a chiefly British :  a tower for supporting either end of usually a number of wires over a long span
b :  any of various towerlike structures
3
a :  a post or tower marking a prescribed course of flight for an airplane
b :  traffic cone
c :  one of the flexible upright markers positioned on a football field at the corners of the end zone
4
:  a rigid structure on the outside of an aircraft for supporting something (as an engine or missile) — see airplane illustration

Examples of PYLON

  1. The bridge is supported by concrete pylons.
  2. a row of electricity pylons

Illustration of PYLON

Origin of PYLON

Greek pylōn, from pylē gate
First Known Use: 1817

Other Archaeology Terms

Attic, Byzantine, Paleolithic, cairn, core, flint, horizon, neolithic, shard, stratum

Rhymes with PYLON

aeon, add-on, agon, agone, Akan, Ambon, Amman, anon, Anshan, archon, argon, Argonne, atman, axon, bank on, barchan, baton, big on, Bion, blouson, bon ton, bonbon, boron, boson, bouillon, bring on, build on, bygone, caisson, call on, canton, capon, cast on, catch on, Ceylon, chaconne, Charon, chew on, chiffon, chiton, chrismon, Cimon, cistron, clip-on, codon, come-on, cordon, coupon, crampon, crayon, crepon, cretonne, crouton, Dacron, dead-on, Dear John, doggone, Dogon, Don Juan, exon, fall on, flacon, foregone, form on, Freon, fronton, futon, Garonne, get on, Gibran, gluon, gnomon, go on, guidon, hadron, Hainan, hand on, hands-on, hang on, have on, hazan, head-on, Henan, hereon, high on, hit on, hogan, hold on, Huainan, icon, intron, ion, jargon, Jinan, jomon, kanban, kaon, Kashan, keen on, Khoisan, Kirman, koan, krypton, kurgan, Kurgan, lauan, lepton, let on, lock on, log on, look on, Luzon, macron, Masan, Medan, Memnon, meson, micron, Milan, mod con, moron, mouton, Multan, muon, natron, nekton, neon, nephron, neuron, neutron, ninon, Nippon, nylon, odds-on, Oman, Oran, Orlon, paeon, parton, Pathan, pavane, pecan, peon, Phaëthon, photon, phyton, pick on, pion, piton, plankton, pluton, pompon, prion, proton, Pusan, push on, put-on, python, racon, radon, rag on, rayon, recon, rhyton, run-on, run on, Saint John, Saipan, salon, San Juan, Schliemann, Schumann, Shaban, shaman, shaitan, Shingon, sign on, sit on, slip-on, snap-on, solon, Solon, soupçon, soutane, stand on, stolon, stuck on, Suwon, sweet on, Taiwan, taipan, take on, tampon, taxon, Teflon, Tehran, teston, thereon, Tian Shan, tisane, torchon, toucan, toyon, trade on, trigon, Tristan, triton, trogon, try on, Tucson, turned-on, turn on, Typhon, tzigane, uhlan, Ulsan, upon, wait on, walk-on, witan, whereon, Wonsan, wonton, work on, Wuhan, xenon, Xi'an, Yukon, Yunnan, zircon

py·lon

noun \ˈpī-ˌlän, -lən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PYLON

: a simple temporary artificial leg

pylon

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(Greek: “gateway”) In modern construction, a tower that gives support, such as the steel towers between which electrical wires are strung or the piers of a bridge. Originally, pylons were monumental gateways to ancient Egyptian temples, either a pair of tall truncated pyramids with a doorway between them or a masonry mass pierced by a doorway.

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