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 Dallas' Jourdan Lewis then intercepted Trubisky's pass with a neat play near the left pylon, dragging his left foot. Andrew Seligman, Houston Chronicle, "Micthell Trubisky helps Bears beat Cowboys," 5 Dec. 2019 Dallas' Jourdan Lewis then intercepted Trubisky's pass with a neat play near the left pylon, dragging his left foot. oregonlive, "Chicago Bears hand the Dallas Cowboys their third straight loss: Recap, score, stats and more," 5 Dec. 2019 The storm ripped up trees and power pylons, tossed vehicles and left swathes of debris across the northern region of Halkidiki as the severe weather brought gale-force winds, heavy rain and hail. Fox News, "Tornado rips through olive oil factory in Greece, sending debris in the air," 7 Nov. 2019 Hunt snuck inside the far pylon running right and the Browns were up 28-0 before halftime. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Kareem Hunt gets his first touchdown in a Browns uniform and gets some help from Jarvis Landry to keep the ball," 25 Nov. 2019 As Winchester senior QB Tommy Degnan (4 touchdowns) received the shotgun snap and followed a handful of blockers to the right side, he was met with vengeance by a pile of Redmen defenders who forced him out of bounds just before the pylon., "“I trust my eyes when I saw [Central] couldn’t match up with us up front,” said St. Pierre. “We were stronger, and bigger, and tougher.," 17 Nov. 2019 Birdow angled to the front corner of the end zone and dove inside the pylon for a 14-0 lead in the first five minutes. Eric Bem,, "Football: Westminster gets hot early, leaps past Long Reach to advance in 3A East playoffs," 8 Nov. 2019 The first was a 39-yard completion to Jordan Chin over the middle of the field and the second was the 22-yarder to Fuller that led him into the corner of the end zone, just inside the pylon. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Eason, Ahmed lead Washington over Arizona 51-27," 13 Oct. 2019 Uber will have room to build its own roof deck connected to the private event space within the pylon. Ryan Ori,, "Uber sets sights high at Chicago’s Old Post Office," 9 Sep. 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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12 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Pylon.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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


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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