pilaster

noun pi·las·ter \ pi-ˈla-stər , ˈpī-ˌla- \

Definition of pilaster

: an upright architectural member that is rectangular in plan and is structurally a pier but architecturally treated as a column and that usually projects a third of its width or less from the wall

Examples of pilaster in a Sentence

  1. the rectangular pilasters spaced along the building's facade lend an air of classical grandeur

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Origin and Etymology of pilaster

Middle French pilastre, from Italian pilastro

pilaster Synonyms

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PILASTER Defined for English Language Learners

pilaster

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Definition of pilaster for English Language Learners

  • : a rectangular column that is attached to a wall and that is used for decoration or support


Medical Dictionary

pilaster

noun pi·las·ter \ pi-ˈlas-tər \

medical Definition of pilaster

: an elongated hardened ridge; especially : a longitudinal bony ridge on the back of the femur


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