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 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 : 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 of pier from the Web
People built piers out into it to reach ships moored in deeper water, Everett says.
Nearly a dozen free outdoor film festivals are returning for yet another season, bringing family-friendly flicks from the stage at Merriweather Post Pavilion to the pier in Fells Point.
Also damaged were 40 boats, 17 cars, the Redondo Beach pier and several private docks.
In the distance, however, the Michigan City beach's stately pier provided a sobering reminder of why the Barker Middle School students were on this field trip in the first place.
Officials in San Clemente say the water is off limits Sunday from one mile (1.6 km) north to one mile (1.6 km) south of the city beach’s pier.
The Jet Star was built on a part of the pier that jutted out far into the ocean.
Here comes a hot shirtless lifeguard, who ~conveniently~ just got his car stuck below the pier.
Fred Levine, an Oceanfront resident, likened the boardwalk to the 405 Freeway between the piers and said crashes are underreported.
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Origin and Etymology of pier
Middle English per, from Old English, from Medieval Latin pera
First Known Use: 12th centurySee Words from the same year
PIER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pier for English Language Learners
: a structure that goes out from a shore into the water
PIER Defined for Kids
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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