pier

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noun \ˈpir\

Definition of pier

  1. 1 :  an intermediate support for the adjacent ends of two bridge spans

  2. 2 :  a structure (as a breakwater) extending into navigable water for use as a landing place or promenade or to protect or form a harbor

  3. 3 :  a vertical structural support: such asa :  the wall between two openingsb :  pillar, pilasterc :  a vertical member that supports the end of an arch or linteld :  an auxiliary mass of masonry used to stiffen a wall

  4. 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>

Origin and Etymology of pier

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


First Known Use: 12th century

Other Nautical Terms


PIER Defined for English Language Learners

pier

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noun \ˈpir\

Definition of pier for English Language Learners

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


PIER Defined for Kids

pier

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noun \ˈpir\

Definition of pier for Students

  1. 1 :  a support for a bridge

  2. 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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