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1A tall tower-like structure used for carrying electricity cables high above the ground.
- ‘His favourite photograph was one of a towering electricity pylon and a large graffiti mural in Mitcham town centre.’
- ‘Just before touchdown the pilot became aware of an electricity pylon coming into view from behind a tree.’
- ‘The streets are a tangle of stinted electricity pylons and cat's cradle power lines.’
- ‘Use should also be made of existing buildings and other structures, such as electricity pylons, to site new antennas.’
- ‘Eden was also battered by winds of up to 100 mph, bringing down trees and electricity pylons and cutting off homes during the weekend.’
- ‘Nearby, some wires hang from the base of an electricity pylon, to which a box seems to be attached.’
- ‘Children living close to electricity pylons face a greater risk of contracting leukaemia, it was officially acknowledged yesterday.’
- ‘The decision means National Grid can now go on to Mrs Craven's land and begin constructing the pylons.’
- ‘A spokeswoman said: ‘The owl is perched on one of our high voltage electricity pylons.’’
- ‘They have blown up power pylons and blocked roads with booby-trapped vehicles.’
- ‘Similarly, experts and lay people have long expressed concern at the impact on people's health of living near electricity pylons.’
- ‘He is all too aware of the potential for property prices to fall when pylons are erected nearby.’
- ‘The complex will comprise dozens of pylons, nine electricity substations and five quarries.’
- ‘Other Scottish sites are located near railway lines, dumps, electricity pylons and canals.’
- ‘Concerns are also growing over the pylons needed to carry electricity from remote parts of the Highlands and the Borders.’
- ‘Bandits and looters continue to bring down pylons carrying high voltage cables out in the desert road.’
- ‘Exhausted helicopter crews scrambled to pluck desperate victims from trees, rooftops and electricity pylons.’
- ‘There is no escaping the 80 ft tall high-voltage pylons in the Shortlees estate.’
- ‘People will say that they were told 30 years ago that tobacco was safe and that electricity pylons were safe.’
- ‘The storm, which also flattened several power pylons, left much of the Eastern Cape without electricity.’
- 1.1 A tower or post marking a path for light aircraft, cars, or other vehicles, especially in racing.
flagpole, flagstaff, pole, post, rod, support, uprightView synonyms
- ‘The dust and dirt situation really cut down on visibility and I could only see from pylon to pylon.’
- ‘The lights, consisting of eight pylons - each holding eight 1,000 watt, amps were powered by a portable generator.’
- ‘After a 0-0 draw, the most exciting action was a spectator climbing up a floodlight pylon!’
- ‘Aerial bombs or radio beacons are suspended from external bomb racks on detachable pylons.’
- ‘This went on for a couple of pylons and then Steve lost sight of Bill and wondered where he was.’
- ‘At the next pylon the controls reversed but by yanking back the throttle he regained control.’
- ‘He stops at a floodlight pylon and looks up at a broken hoarding.’
- ‘After climbing onto the stubwing and then the aft pylon, I went up to the aft rotor head to survey all that was mine.’
- ‘However, it also saw one of the last great racing biplanes take to the pylons - the Laird Super Solution.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Swing left here and follow the path under pylons with the wall on the left.’
- ‘However, on 3 December 1937, the aircraft crashed while rounding the first pylon, possibly due to a high-speed stall.’
- ‘The room had already been lit by moveable light pylons, a leftover from when Wily had first set up operations there.’
- ‘Our crew chief said we had external damage on the starboard aft pylon that appeared to be related to some type of explosion.’
- ‘The eight 23 metres pylons suspend an elaborate system which allows for light to be cast also on the practice pitch.’
- ‘Flickering to life, a small light shone from the pylon's centre as the Head Lorekeeper heard a familiar voice in her mind.’
- 1.2 A monumental gateway to an ancient Egyptian temple formed by two truncated pyramidal towers.
barrier, wicket, wicket gate, lychgate, five-barred gate, turnstileView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
2A structure on the wing of an aircraft used for supporting an engine or carrying a weapon, fuel tank, or other load.
- ‘A missile immediately shot out from one of weapons pylons and bore down on the rock.’
- ‘The Mauler carried four 20 mm cannon and was fitted with 15 pylons under the wings and fuselage.’
- ‘External fuel tanks can be carried on the pylons under the wings and jettisoned if necessary.’
- ‘The F4U-lC had other improvements which included pylons under the stub wings and a center line fuselage pylon.’
- ‘For launch, the missile was dropped from the pylon, the tail cone was ejected, and the first motor stage ignited.’
- ‘Finally, the addition of pylons and drop tanks mitigated the F - 80 and F - 84 bomb load and range limitations.’
- ‘The missiles are suspended from four underwing pylons.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Also, the aircraft was fitted with underwing pylons that could carry up to two 1000-lb bombs or additional fuel tanks.’
- ‘Israel Military Industries supplies most of the weapons pylons and racks and the external fuel tanks.’
- ‘The aircraft can carry two jettisonable fuel tanks each with a capacity of 1,136 liters on the underwing pylons.’
- ‘The aircraft was configured with three external fuel tanks and four missiles on the wing pylons.’
- ‘The plane was slick - no pylons, no tanks, a beautiful sight, rarely seen in the fleet.’
- ‘Each wing carries four stores pylons: three outboard and one inboard of the wheel fairing.’
- ‘Also, eight new underwing pylons were added to carry a variety of weapons.’
- ‘Maintainers learned to work on pylons that hold the bombs.’
- ‘The MH - 60S has the Black Hawk's provisions for mounting the external pylons to carry stores and equipment.’
- ‘The answer to the problem was to hang immense fuel tanks from underwing pylons.’
3North American A plastic cone used to mark areas of roads.
- ‘Ata was quick to jump over the edge and grab the cone pylon in her mouth.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Suddenly, we came to a set of pylons in the middle of the road, signaling us to bear either left or right.’
- ‘The racer's last outing around the pylons was during the 1937 National Air Races at Cleveland.’
- ‘The amendments as drafted would not allow transmission operators to put pylons in the road corridor.’
- ‘The driver died after flying over a bump in the road and hitting a pylon which collapsed on to spectators.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There are a handful of environments to race in, with various tracks - marked by arrows and pylons - to conquer.’
- ‘‘I always loved the sight of those Sea Furys going around the pylons,’ said Mike.’
- ‘Why not stick a big space pylon out there and race around the pylon and back?’
- ‘High-speed turns at any angle are tiring and the more pylons there are, the greater the chance to miss one.’
- ‘One of them was placed inside the end zone pylon.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek pulōn, from pulē ‘gate’.
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