Definition of pylon in English:



  • 1A tall tower-like structure used for carrying electricity cables high above the ground.

    • ‘Children living close to electricity pylons face a greater risk of contracting leukaemia, it was officially acknowledged yesterday.’
    • ‘Nearby, some wires hang from the base of an electricity pylon, to which a box seems to be attached.’
    • ‘Eden was also battered by winds of up to 100 mph, bringing down trees and electricity pylons and cutting off homes during the weekend.’
    • ‘Exhausted helicopter crews scrambled to pluck desperate victims from trees, rooftops and electricity pylons.’
    • ‘Other Scottish sites are located near railway lines, dumps, electricity pylons and canals.’
    • ‘The storm, which also flattened several power pylons, left much of the Eastern Cape without electricity.’
    • ‘Similarly, experts and lay people have long expressed concern at the impact on people's health of living near electricity pylons.’
    • ‘Just before touchdown the pilot became aware of an electricity pylon coming into view from behind a tree.’
    • ‘A spokeswoman said: ‘The owl is perched on one of our high voltage electricity pylons.’’
    • ‘Bandits and looters continue to bring down pylons carrying high voltage cables out in the desert road.’
    • ‘There is no escaping the 80 ft tall high-voltage pylons in the Shortlees estate.’
    • ‘Concerns are also growing over the pylons needed to carry electricity from remote parts of the Highlands and the Borders.’
    • ‘Use should also be made of existing buildings and other structures, such as electricity pylons, to site new antennas.’
    • ‘They have blown up power pylons and blocked roads with booby-trapped vehicles.’
    • ‘He is all too aware of the potential for property prices to fall when pylons are erected nearby.’
    • ‘His favourite photograph was one of a towering electricity pylon and a large graffiti mural in Mitcham town centre.’
    • ‘The complex will comprise dozens of pylons, nine electricity substations and five quarries.’
    • ‘The streets are a tangle of stinted electricity pylons and cat's cradle power lines.’
    • ‘The decision means National Grid can now go on to Mrs Craven's land and begin constructing the pylons.’
    • ‘People will say that they were told 30 years ago that tobacco was safe and that electricity pylons were safe.’
    1. 1.1 A tower or post marking a path for light aircraft, cars, or other vehicles, especially in racing.
      • ‘Officials said it struck a pothole on the runway, hit a pylon and then plunged into a house near the airport in the town of Busia.’
      • ‘After a 0-0 draw, the most exciting action was a spectator climbing up a floodlight pylon!’
      • ‘Flickering to life, a small light shone from the pylon's centre as the Head Lorekeeper heard a familiar voice in her mind.’
      • ‘Aerial bombs or radio beacons are suspended from external bomb racks on detachable pylons.’
      • ‘However, it also saw one of the last great racing biplanes take to the pylons - the Laird Super Solution.’
      • ‘Swing left here and follow the path under pylons with the wall on the left.’
      • ‘This went on for a couple of pylons and then Steve lost sight of Bill and wondered where he was.’
      • ‘He stops at a floodlight pylon and looks up at a broken hoarding.’
      • ‘At the next pylon the controls reversed but by yanking back the throttle he regained control.’
      • ‘However, on 3 December 1937, the aircraft crashed while rounding the first pylon, possibly due to a high-speed stall.’
      • ‘The eight 23 metres pylons suspend an elaborate system which allows for light to be cast also on the practice pitch.’
      • ‘The dust and dirt situation really cut down on visibility and I could only see from pylon to pylon.’
      • ‘The room had already been lit by moveable light pylons, a leftover from when Wily had first set up operations there.’
      • ‘After climbing onto the stubwing and then the aft pylon, I went up to the aft rotor head to survey all that was mine.’
      • ‘The lights, consisting of eight pylons - each holding eight 1,000 watt, amps were powered by a portable generator.’
      • ‘Our crew chief said we had external damage on the starboard aft pylon that appeared to be related to some type of explosion.’
      flagpole, flagstaff, pole, post, rod, support, upright
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    2. 1.2 A monumental gateway to an ancient Egyptian temple formed by two truncated pyramidal towers.
      • ‘But as she walked between the huge pylons of the temple, Miri's soul shrivelled inside her.’
      • ‘But only the next morning could we fathom the magnificence of the temple with its huge pylons and obelisks.’
      • ‘Both stand guard over a giant pylon of the mortuary temple of Amenophis the Third.’
      • ‘There are three pylons surrounding the gate, and I'll bet that this inscription is repeated two more times, once on each of the walls.’
      barrier, wicket, wicket gate, lychgate, five-barred gate, turnstile
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  • 2A structure on the wing of an aircraft used for supporting an engine or carrying a weapon, fuel tank, or other load.

    • ‘The plane was slick - no pylons, no tanks, a beautiful sight, rarely seen in the fleet.’
    • ‘Finally, the addition of pylons and drop tanks mitigated the F - 80 and F - 84 bomb load and range limitations.’
    • ‘Maintainers learned to work on pylons that hold the bombs.’
    • ‘The aircraft was configured with three external fuel tanks and four missiles on the wing pylons.’
    • ‘Israel Military Industries supplies most of the weapons pylons and racks and the external fuel tanks.’
    • ‘The Mauler carried four 20 mm cannon and was fitted with 15 pylons under the wings and fuselage.’
    • ‘Also, eight new underwing pylons were added to carry a variety of weapons.’
    • ‘The MH - 60S has the Black Hawk's provisions for mounting the external pylons to carry stores and equipment.’
    • ‘For launch, the missile was dropped from the pylon, the tail cone was ejected, and the first motor stage ignited.’
    • ‘Also, the aircraft was fitted with underwing pylons that could carry up to two 1000-lb bombs or additional fuel tanks.’
    • ‘External fuel tanks can be carried on the pylons under the wings and jettisoned if necessary.’
    • ‘A missile immediately shot out from one of weapons pylons and bore down on the rock.’
    • ‘Each wing carries four stores pylons: three outboard and one inboard of the wheel fairing.’
    • ‘The aircraft can carry two jettisonable fuel tanks each with a capacity of 1,136 liters on the underwing pylons.’
    • ‘The answer to the problem was to hang immense fuel tanks from underwing pylons.’
    • ‘The F4U-lC had other improvements which included pylons under the stub wings and a center line fuselage pylon.’
    • ‘The leading edge of my left outboard pylon dented the trailing edge of the adjacent jet's right stabilator.’
    • ‘A center-line pylon was added to carry a bomb or fuel tank.’
    • ‘The missiles are suspended from four underwing pylons.’
  • 3North American A plastic cone used to mark areas of roads.

    • ‘‘I always loved the sight of those Sea Furys going around the pylons,’ said Mike.’
    • ‘There are a handful of environments to race in, with various tracks - marked by arrows and pylons - to conquer.’
    • ‘It was Detroyat going by me as though I was tied and cutting in close to the pylon much in the same style Don Rae uses.’
    • ‘High-speed turns at any angle are tiring and the more pylons there are, the greater the chance to miss one.’
    • ‘The driver died after flying over a bump in the road and hitting a pylon which collapsed on to spectators.’
    • ‘Why not stick a big space pylon out there and race around the pylon and back?’
    • ‘One of them was placed inside the end zone pylon.’
    • ‘Ata was quick to jump over the edge and grab the cone pylon in her mouth.’
    • ‘The racer's last outing around the pylons was during the 1937 National Air Races at Cleveland.’
    • ‘Suddenly, we came to a set of pylons in the middle of the road, signaling us to bear either left or right.’
    • ‘The amendments as drafted would not allow transmission operators to put pylons in the road corridor.’
    • ‘At the time, the Reno Air Races were starting up and John thought it might be fun to take the big Cat around the pylons.’


Mid 19th century: from Greek pulōn, from pulē ‘gate’.