pylon

noun py·lon \ ˈpī-ˌlän , -lən \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of pylon

1 a : a usually massive gateway
b : an ancient Egyptian gateway building in a truncated pyramidal form
c : a monumental mass flanking an entranceway or an approach to a bridge
2 a chiefly British : a tower for supporting either end of usually a number of wires over a long span
b : any of various towerlike structures
3 a : a post or tower marking a prescribed course of flight for an airplane
c : one of the flexible upright markers positioned on a football field at the corners of the end zone
4 : a rigid structure on the outside of an aircraft for supporting something (such as an engine or missile) — see airplane illustration

Examples of pylon in a Sentence

  1. The bridge is supported by concrete pylons.

  2. a row of electricity pylons

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Origin and Etymology of pylon

Greek pylōn, from pylē gate


PYLON Defined for English Language Learners

pylon

noun

Definition of pylon for English Language Learners

  • : a tall tower or similar structure

  • : a tall, metal structure that is part of a series of structures supporting a long stretch of electrical wire

  • American football : one of the upright markers that are positioned at the corners of the end zone


Medical Dictionary

pylon

noun py·lon \ ˈpī-ˌlän , -lən \

medical Definition of pylon

: a simple temporary artificial leg


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