Definition of pylon
1a : a usually massive gatewayb : an ancient Egyptian gateway building in a truncated pyramidal formc : 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 spanb : any of various towerlike structures
3a : a post or tower marking a prescribed course of flight for an airplaneb : traffic conec : 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
The bridge is supported by concrete pylons.
a row of electricity pylons
Recent Examples of pylon from the Web
Officials say telephone lines, cellphone towers and electricity pylons were felled by the fire.
Hundreds suddenly appeared toward the end of practice, hovering just above the orange pylon near the end zone closest to the Dolphins’ practice facility.
The Fluor team’s blueprint envisions a bridge suspended from twin pylons that resemble stylized dancers.
Then Tannehill threw a pylon pass to Parker, much like the one that delivered the Dolphins’ 14-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams last season.
Sometimes the cousins played soccer, but Hassan and Ahmed particularly enjoyed training for parkour; the concrete pylons and grassy embankments under the highway were ideal for practicing vaults and tumbles.
Fluor-Astaldi’s bridge is stayed by cables suspended from a pair of 350-foot-tall pylons that straddle each of the two spans, which clear Biscayne Boulevard by 24 feet.
Remember in 2005 when the Bengals receiver used the pylon as a putter and the football as a golf ball? 4.
Workers are digging test pylons for a charter school for kindergarten through eighth grade that is scheduled to open in 2018, two blocks from a college preparatory public high school.
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Origin and Etymology of pylon
Greek pylōn, from pylē gate
First Known Use: 1817See Words from the same year
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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
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