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noun py·lon \ˈpī-ˌlän, -lən\

Simple Definition of pylon

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pylon

  1. 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. 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. 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. 4 :  a rigid structure on the outside of an aircraft for supporting something (as an engine or missile) — see airplane illustration

Examples of pylon in a sentence

  1. The bridge is supported by concrete pylons.

  2. a row of electricity pylons

Illustration of pylon

Origin and Etymology of pylon

Greek pylōn, from pylē gate

First Known Use: 1817

Rhymes with pylon

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noun py·lon \ˈpī-ˌlän, -lən\

Medical Definition of pylon

  1. :  a simple temporary artificial leg

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