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 After Tyler Clayton plunged in on third down for the overtime score, Kelly connected with Jed Hoggard rolling to the back pylon in single-coverage for the 2-point conversion., "Zoraia Saad, Acton-Boxborough football snare thrilling overtime win over Wayland," 16 Apr. 2021 On the 2-point try, Centreville’s Mason Lemings did the same exact thing, touching the pylon with the ball to give Centreville an 8-0 lead. Keith Dunlap, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football: Centreville shuts out Ubly to win Division 8 state title," 22 Jan. 2021 In the second overtime, Sean Durkin took a jet sweep around the near pylon on third down, then Ryan Daly ran in the two-point conversion. Steven Sousa,, "For Milford coach Dale Olson, return to gridiron was a family affair," 13 Mar. 2021 But without a moving camera on the sideline and no pylon camera available, Richardson’s crew in San Francisco couldn’t overturn the spot. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Pac-12 Conference officiating under the microscope," 2 Dec. 2020 Murray threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins — who made the grab in tight coverage while hitting the front pylon — late in the first quarter. David Brandt,, "Arizona knocks off undefeated Seattle with 37-34 OT victory," 26 Oct. 2020 Murray threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins — who made the grab in tight coverage while hitting the front pylon — late in the first quarter. David Brandt, Star Tribune, "Arizona knocks off undefeated Seattle with 37-34 OT victory," 25 Oct. 2020 Higgins launched himself toward the corner pylon, extended his arms and got blasted from the side — and in the helmet — by Chiefs linebacker Daniel Sorensen, who dislodged the ball, which rolled out of the end zone for a touchback. Tom Withers, Star Tribune, "Browns' comeback comes up short, fall to Chiefs in playoffs," 17 Jan. 2021 The official was looking at the ball, the fumble, the goal line, and the pylon. cleveland, "Browns’ Mack Wilson and Chiefs’ Dan Sorensen not fined for their hits on Patrick Mahomes and Rashard Higgins," 23 Jan. 2021

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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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“Pylon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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