py·​lon | \ ˈpī-ˌlän How to pronounce pylon (audio) , -lən \

Definition of pylon

1a : 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
2a chiefly British : a tower for supporting either end of usually a number of wires over a long span
b : any of various towerlike structures
3a : 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

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Examples of pylon in a Sentence

The bridge is supported by concrete pylons. a row of electricity pylons
Recent Examples on the Web But check on the tweet above and the excellent work from the pylon cam. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 5 Dec. 2021 In 2019, a boat operated by Paul Murdaugh crashed against a bridge pylon, killing 19-year-old Mallory Beach and seriously injuring two other passengers. Steve Helling,, 6 June 2022 Frida Kahlo’s distinct features are rendered huge on a concrete pylon. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Diver Doug Bishop said that workers had unknowingly drilled a pylon through the submerged SUV while building a dock. Sophie Reardon, CBS News, 29 Mar. 2022 Among the pieces recovered are an engine blade and engine pylon, the left and right horizontal stabilizers, pieces of the wings and the plane's aileron autopilot actuators. Karson Yiu, ABC News, 24 Mar. 2022 Rush completes a pass to Jesse Kroll, and the ball is lateraled three times before Titus Davis dove into the pylon for a touchdown with no time remaining. Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec. 2021 Team Penske put the NASCAR Cup Series on notice at Phoenix Raceway after taking residency atop the scoring pylon for a majority of Saturday afternoon. Cole Cusumano, The Arizona Republic, 12 Mar. 2022 The towers, which have been under construction since 2019, are expected to be completely finished, including transition and pylon heads, by the end of 2022. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pylon

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pylon

Greek pylōn, from pylē gate

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23 Jun 2022

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“Pylon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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py·​lon | \ ˈpī-ˌlän How to pronounce pylon (audio) , -lən How to pronounce pylon (audio) \

Medical Definition of pylon

: a simple temporary artificial leg

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