Definition of pier in English:

pier

noun

  • 1A platform on pillars projecting from the shore into the sea, typically incorporating entertainment arcades and places to eat.

    • ‘People express more obvious delight in the pier arcade than in a museum or art gallery.’
    • ‘He currently owns Blackpool Tower, the Winter Gardens, the town's three piers and a large chunk of the Golden Mile.’
    • ‘The news of the overspend comes as work continues at the shore end of the pier to build a new entrance bridge across the road.’
    • ‘The combination of the beautiful pier, great library, beach, playground and pedestrian mall made for a really fun outing.’
    • ‘A pier and hotels were built and Byron declared itself to be a seaside resort, although tourism was somewhat hindered by the stink of the town's abattoir.’
    • ‘There would be piers, cafes, a wee beach type affair resplendent with the shiny pebbles, seaweed and rock pools remembered from childhood.’
    • ‘He called for the provision of toilets on piers and harbours.’
    • ‘Some of the more radical ideas floated include a new pier full of restaurants and bars, and the removal of all car parking from the dock area.’
    • ‘One pier is vibrant with candyfloss, arcades and people, the other stands derelict and rusty.’
    • ‘The shops weren't as good, there were no amusement arcades and no pier or beach.’
    • ‘However, visits to arcades on piers or family amusement centres suggest that this form of gambling is no longer conducted within a family environment.’
    • ‘Leisure Parcs already owns Blackpool's Tower, the landmark that symbolizes the town, its three piers, an opera house, a sealife centre and a wax museum.’
    • ‘Wildwood has three amusement piers, which is fun, but on this trip they all seemed designed specifically for my humiliation.’
    • ‘I found my way to a snack establishment near the pier operated by a businesswoman from Kyushu.’
    • ‘We are eager that the Pier becomes a community asset so we are offering Local artists/Crafts/Charities a free stall for a week to promote themselves & raise awareness/funds.’
    1. 1.1A structure projecting from the shore into a river, lake, or the sea, used as a landing stage for boats.
      • ‘A safety zone was established around all visiting Navy and foreign ships as they transited to their berths at Manhattan's piers on the Hudson River.’
      • ‘There are two families resident there and the new 30-metre pier will greatly improve access to the island.’
      • ‘They made their way down the pier to the boat landings.’
      • ‘These laws ensure that all ships will be closely monitored and I.D required for access to the new pier.’
      • ‘The grounds include a boat shed and pier with river and lake frontages, as well as lawn areas and a number of mature shrubs.’
      • ‘Rates for boats using the pier were also announced, with the final amount differing from original discussions.’
      • ‘The driver pointed a white-gloved hand in the direction of a small ferry boat waiting at the pier, its engine idling.’
      • ‘She smelled fish when the boat came alongside the pier.’
      • ‘Staircases descend beneath most homes, creating personal piers for every resident's most valued possession - a boat.’
      • ‘As soon as the ship was close to the wharf, he jumped from the boat to the pier.’
      • ‘Looking, we saw two people, a male and a female, laughing, hugging, kissing and giggling as they went down the pier to a sail boat.’
      • ‘Ferry operators have welcomed the funding which will make the pier fully accessible and increase the efficiency of the ferry service.’
      • ‘This brought all its exhibitors together in one building instead of scattered among four piers at the Passenger Ship Terminals, the show's previous home.’
      • ‘A friend of mine had a similar experience disembarking two passengers at the pier.’
      • ‘Here, piers for lake boats delivering coal and oil to wholesale distributors, as well as building materials, were busy for many decades.’
      • ‘Existing state marinas were built from the 1950s to 1970s, boat ramps and piers even earlier.’
      • ‘The pier at Ballinskelligs dries at low water, so passengers transfer to and from the larger boats by tender.’
      • ‘And they can come right into the pier at Invergordon, which passengers love because they don't have to climb into launches to go ashore.’
      • ‘One pier will be operated by the city as a ferry terminal, although it will be integrated into the museum complex.’
      • ‘Business will get a say in regional transport projects, such as new access roads or pier extensions, through membership of the new regional transport boards.’
    2. 1.2A breakwater or mole.
      • ‘The trunnions and all the operational machinery are housed within the superstructure of the carina piers.’
      • ‘We have to extend both piers with new breakwaters to the east and then curve them towards each other.’
      • ‘The harbour entrance itself was guarded by two breakwater piers of heavy sandstone construction for most of their length.’
      • ‘In the 19th century the greatest engineering addition to the bay was the construction of the Harbour with its two-tiered breakwaters or piers and wonderful granite stonework.’
      • ‘The 1.1-acre site has access to a small bathing area and harbour enclosed by a concrete pier and a breakwater.’
  • 2British A long, narrow structure projecting from an airport terminal, giving passengers access to an aircraft.

    • ‘The consultant professor is currently assessing the merits of building the low-cost pier at Dublin airport.’
    • ‘We had queues forming before the plane was fully boarded, during patches of severe turbulence and when the plane had landed but was waiting on the taxi way for a free pier.’
    • ‘If you're flying in, you can avoid the three-hour-plus bus ride from Seattle / Tacoma Airport to the piers in Vancouver.’
    • ‘Did you know they are building another pier at North Terminal, and as part of it they are building a bridge that has to be wide enough to span the taxi way and tall enough for a 707 to pass under?’
    • ‘It has supported a proposal for the provision of a low cost terminal D pier at Dublin Airport.’
    • ‘The modular pier systems are an innovation in airport terminal design.’
    • ‘The total cost of building the pier and terminal is estimated at £15.5 million.’
    • ‘The most urgent capital projects were the construction of a new foreign arrivals building, a foreign pier and a domestic arrivals building with a multi-storey car park.’
    • ‘The project includes the construction of a new passenger terminal and adjacent facilities, including new piers for the aircraft, taxiways and runway lines, as well as a parking area for cars, among other items.’
    • ‘No Aer Rianta airport will be chosen as the low-fares airline has not been given permission to build a new pier at Dublin Airport.’
  • 3A solid support designed to sustain vertical pressure, in particular.

    • ‘Located by field-walking, the barn was 35.7m long by 15.4m wide with 20 piers.’
    • ‘The new second-floor structure rests on existing pier footings, reducing foundation costs.’
    • ‘Hammerheads are 45-m-long box fabrications made integrally with V-shaped supports of similar proportions bearing on the piers.’
    • ‘Repairs will include putting in foundations and building support piers.’
    • ‘The piers are designed as hollow box sections with an average height of 25 m.’
    • ‘The design load capacity of each caisson at the anchor piers is 1,640 tons.’
    • ‘The irregular shape of the hollow piers was an especially difficult design challenge.’
    • ‘The post extends from the top of the pier to the base of the beam.’
    • ‘Concrete piers in the corners support the large concrete beams, making it possible to have the long walls free of vertical supports.’
    • ‘A ledger supports the same loads as a beam, but instead of resting on posts or piers, it is mechanically attached to an existing structure.’
    • ‘Each used these piers both for structural support and air distribution.’
    • ‘The pavilion's materials are elemental: structural concrete piers and tube steel, extensive glass walls, stained cedar siding, and metal roofing and trim.’
    • ‘It was built in 1938 by the Glasgow architect and is on brick piers to ensure the house is protected from flooding.’
    • ‘Concrete piers support open space above the base, making the top seven stories seem to float.’
    • ‘Also include some of the pier / vertical supports under the center area as well as the perimeter ones.’
    • ‘Crews excavated as much as 28 ft to add a new first floor and basement and drilled in 687 concrete-filled steel piers.’
    • ‘The analysis will also result in a recommendation for the maximum end-bearing pressure for bedrock piers.’
    • ‘To maximize the view, he positioned the house perpendicular to the river, angled the river-side wall, and raised the home on 18-inch reinforced concrete piers.’
    • ‘Piles and piers are designed using load test data and design methods available in literature.’
    • ‘The piers and abutments are concrete with ten steel trusses with a curved steel plate girder at each end.’
    1. 3.1The pillar of an arch or supporting a bridge.
      • ‘The bridge's support system features two concrete pylons and two concrete anchor piers.’
      • ‘Various foundation types have been adopted to support the bridge piers and abutments.’
      • ‘He said: ‘These were then lifted one at a time into place on top of the supporting piers to form the bridge.’’
      • ‘‘We could have built a conventional multi-span bridge supported by piers for about 20 per cent less,’ he said.’
      • ‘You could take off the Brooklyn Bridge's asphalt, remove half of the cables, make the piers a little narrower, make the span shorter, and you would still have a quite viable bridge.’
    2. 3.2A wall between windows or other adjacent openings.
      • ‘Upon approaching the site, the main iron gates are anchored with brick piers and cast stone finials that frame the building beyond.’
      • ‘The initial solution was the masonry vault, or a barrel-shaped, load-bearing span that supported the floor above, and rested on massive, and expensive, walls and piers.’
      • ‘Meanwhile the two piers between the windows are equal in width.’
      • ‘The window piers at Hampton Court are also too narrow to accommodate any of the illustrated tables except Figure 5.’
      • ‘With the demolition of the old church began the building of the Community Hall and the piers and gates were re-erected as an entrance.’

Origin

Middle English: from medieval Latin pera, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

pier

/pɪə/