\ 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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In her photographs, the Flats are carved into a series of no-man’s lands edged by dunes of sand and gravel and massive bridge piers. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga 50 photo shows uncover fresh takes on the recovery of a once combustible river," 30 June 2019 Upon docking Reed is disconcerted to find Van der Berg waiting for him by the pier. Christopher Byrd, Washington Post, "‘The Sinking City’ sets a mood but struggles to go anywhere from there," 28 June 2019 As the passengers disembarked the boat, the wind picked up and destroyed a nearby pier. The Courier-Journal, "Video catches moment tornado demolishes part of Moors Marina with boaters just feet away," 26 June 2019 Residents of Chinese heritage had only been allowed to own property in San Francisco for two decades at that point, and fishermen, not tourists, still occupied the pier. Melia Russell, SFChronicle.com, "As tech takes over city, SF Chamber of Commerce seeks to adapt," 23 June 2019 The most convenient route to the Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa includes a 40-minute speedboat ride from Koh Samui, though visitors can do the 45-minute drive from Koh Phangan pier (but brace yourself for rugged, unpaved roads). Alisha Prakash, USA TODAY, "9 remote resorts in Thailand: Luxurious seclusion for when you want to get lost," 20 June 2019 Back then, protesters were enraged by the government's plans to destroy a pier in order to reclaim land from the city's famous harbor. Fionnuala Mchugh, CNN, "Carrie Lam was supposed to unite Hong Kong. Instead she brought chaos," 17 June 2019 The Enterprise, which was decommissioned in 2017, is now being stored pier-side at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. oregonlive.com, "Hanford could be resting place for aircraft carrier Enterprise’s nuclear reactors," 16 June 2019 Designed by esteemed architect Steve Mouzon, its well suited to an indoor-outdoor lifestyle with a pier that leads out to the shoreline. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Go inside the 5 most expensive homes for sale in Galveston now," 11 June 2019

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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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