pier

noun \ ˈpir \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

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

  1. tied the boat up at the pier

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Origin and Etymology of pier

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

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PIER Defined for English Language Learners

pier

noun

Definition of pier for English Language Learners

  • : a structure that goes out from a shore into the water


PIER Defined for Kids

pier

noun \ ˈpir \

Definition of pier for Students

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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