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 On the snap, Mayfield surveyed the field, saw nothing and took off for the left pylon. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Why has the Browns’ third down conversion rate improved by 12 percent in recent weeks? -- Film Review," 13 Dec. 2019 Harris made an acrobatic, 15-yard touchdown catch at the pylon in the third quarter and added a 1-yard run on Alabama’s next drive to power their offensive bounce-back. Mike Rodak |, al, "Instant analysis: Joe Burrow buries Alabama’s SEC title hopes," 10 Nov. 2019 Sitting atop a tall, stark pylon on the southeastern bank of the bridge is the 1928 statue of Sainte Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris. Elaine Sciolino, New York Times, "Knowing Paris by Its Bridges," 4 Nov. 2019 The Deer needed one play to answer, as Clyde Bellow made a defender miss, sprinted away and dove for the pylon for a 59-yard touchdown. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Trevor Woods' pick-six sparks Katy Taylor past Deer Park," 14 Sep. 2019 Spirit builds the 737 MAX’s entire fuselage as well as smaller components such as thrust reversers, engine pylons and wing components. Washington Post, "Airplane fuselage supplier Spirit Aerosystems lays off 2,800 in Wichita due to Boeing 737 MAX production cut," 10 Jan. 2020 Matthews caught a pass from Blackman, broke a tackle, eluded two other defenders with cuts and then dove into the end zone and hitting the pylon. Luis Torres,, "10 things we learned from FSU’s win at Boston College," 8 Nov. 2019 Even when the Texans finally cracked the scoreboard, when Watson scrambled to his left and dived over the pylon, Kansas City rendered the touchdown moot. oregonlive, "NFL Playoffs 2020: Kansas City overcomes 24-point deficit and rolls past the Houston Texans in a Divisional Round playoff," 12 Jan. 2020 Then came a 12-yard grab in the third quarter as Waddle beat his defender to the pylon. Mike Rodak |, al, "Jaylen Waddle’s breakout Iron Bowl could be preview of Alabama’s 2020 offense," 1 Dec. 2019

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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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3 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pylon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pylon

: 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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Medical Definition of pylon

: a simple temporary artificial leg

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