\ ˈpir How to pronounce pier (audio) \

Definition of pier

1 : an intermediate support for the adjacent ends of two bridge spans
2 : a structure (such as a breakwater) extending into navigable water for use as a landing place or promenade or to protect or form a harbor
3 : a vertical structural support: such as
a : the wall between two openings
c : a vertical member that supports the end of an arch or lintel
d : an auxiliary mass of masonry used to stiffen a wall
4 : a structural mount (as for a telescope) usually of stonework, concrete, or steel

Examples of pier in a Sentence

tied the boat up at the pier
Recent Examples on the Web On May 9, commercial satellites spotted one of the Black Sea Fleet’s four 187-foot Project 22870 rescue vessels at the Snake Island pier. David Axe, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The sunrise on the Santa Monica pier, the valleys, the mountains, and the people make this place something unique. Justin Raystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 Our bodies were stiff and disoriented, standing by the water and the pier, waiting for the boat to come. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 The smaller skiffs lining the pier sit unused, with kerosene unobtainable. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2022 The pier is used to import cars and for delivery of oil to the Valero refinery. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Apr. 2022 Alabama residents are typically charged $6.50 to fish off a pier. al, 11 Apr. 2022 Outdoors amenities feature a pier ideal for fishing, a large outdoor pool and patio, and stables that at one time boarded up to 30 horses. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 7 Apr. 2022 Upon completion, the area will become a heavy lift terminal able to support 5,000 pounds per square foot — five times the pressure of the original pier. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pier

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pier

Middle English per, from Old English, from Medieval Latin pera

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“Pier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pier. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for pier


\ ˈpir How to pronounce pier (audio) \

Kids Definition of pier

1 : a support for a bridge
2 : a structure built out into the water as a place for boats to dock or for people to walk or to protect or form a harbor

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