\ 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

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Examples of pier in a Sentence

tied the boat up at the pier

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Fast-forward to 2018, and the promenade, piers, and greenery have become one of the defining characteristics of the borough. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Rose Byrne, Marcus Wainwright, and More Celebrate Brooklyn Bridge Park," 5 Oct. 2018 Sue McNeal Hasson, 64, a Deerfield Beach insurance adjuster, gets a glimpse of the area’s undersea riches sitting at her computer and clicking on the tab that shows the live-streaming view beneath Deerfield’s pier. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A rainforest of the sea: Deerfield looks to net more tourists with underwater attractions," 8 July 2018 Finally, settle on the beach or pier for fireworks. April Orcutt, latimes.com, "Celebrate 4th of July with fun, fireworks, parades, pianos and pancakes," 24 June 2018 The San Francisco sheriff’s department ignored an ICE request to detain Jose Ines Garcia Zarate after local marijuana charges were dropped several weeks before Steinle was shot while walking on a popular pedestrian pier with her father. Paul Elias, The Seattle Times, "Man suspected in California serial rapes drove for Lyft," 17 July 2018 On Thursday night, the event transformed the pier with elaborate, flashing light displays and a warren of rooms and nooks. Emily Holt, Vogue, "Cartier Brings Out a Glittering Crowd in San Francisco," 6 Apr. 2018 Eventually, the road peters out into the pier and the sea, where boys wade up to their waists, casting lines into the lazy surf. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 The 1950s house overlooks the Hudson River and is a 10 minute stroll to the town of Piermont, a 2,500-person village with a pier and walkable downtown. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Midcentury fixer upper right outside of NYC asks $469K," 29 Aug. 2018 More than 500 sailors stood side-by-side on ships and piers to surprise him. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, The Seattle Times, "Pearl Harbor survivor who pushed to identify ‘unknowns’ dies," 20 Aug. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of pier

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


\ 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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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