Definition of pier in English:

pier

noun

  • 1A platform supported on pillars or girders leading out from the shore into a body of water, used as a landing stage for boats.

    • ‘Ferry operators have welcomed the funding which will make the pier fully accessible and increase the efficiency of the ferry service.’
    • ‘She smelled fish when the boat came alongside the pier.’
    • ‘Here, piers for lake boats delivering coal and oil to wholesale distributors, as well as building materials, were busy for many decades.’
    • ‘These laws ensure that all ships will be closely monitored and I.D required for access to the new pier.’
    • ‘A friend of mine had a similar experience disembarking two passengers at the pier.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One pier will be operated by the city as a ferry terminal, although it will be integrated into the museum complex.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As soon as the ship was close to the wharf, he jumped from the boat to the pier.’
    • ‘They made their way down the pier to the boat landings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The pier at Ballinskelligs dries at low water, so passengers transfer to and from the larger boats by tender.’
    • ‘Existing state marinas were built from the 1950s to 1970s, boat ramps and piers even earlier.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Staircases descend beneath most homes, creating personal piers for every resident's most valued possession - a boat.’
    • ‘The grounds include a boat shed and pier with river and lake frontages, as well as lawn areas and a number of mature shrubs.’
    • ‘The driver pointed a white-gloved hand in the direction of a small ferry boat waiting at the pier, its engine idling.’
    • ‘There are two families resident there and the new 30-metre pier will greatly improve access to the island.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rates for boats using the pier were also announced, with the final amount differing from original discussions.’
    jetty, quay, wharf, dock, landing, landing stage, landing place, slipway, marina, waterfront, breakwater, mole, groyne, dyke, sea wall, embankment
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    1. 1.1 A structure supported on pillars leading out to sea and used as an entertainment area, typically incorporating arcades and places to eat.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I found my way to a snack establishment near the pier operated by a businesswoman from Kyushu.’
      • ‘He called for the provision of toilets on piers and harbours.’
      • ‘The shops weren't as good, there were no amusement arcades and no pier or beach.’
      • ‘The combination of the beautiful pier, great library, beach, playground and pedestrian mall made for a really fun outing.’
      • ‘One pier is vibrant with candyfloss, arcades and people, the other stands derelict and rusty.’
      • ‘Wildwood has three amusement piers, which is fun, but on this trip they all seemed designed specifically for my humiliation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He currently owns Blackpool Tower, the Winter Gardens, the town's three piers and a large chunk of the Golden Mile.’
      • ‘However, visits to arcades on piers or family amusement centres suggest that this form of gambling is no longer conducted within a family environment.’
      • ‘People express more obvious delight in the pier arcade than in a museum or art gallery.’
      • ‘There would be piers, cafes, a wee beach type affair resplendent with the shiny pebbles, seaweed and rock pools remembered from childhood.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 A breakwater or mole.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The trunnions and all the operational machinery are housed within the superstructure of the carina piers.’
      breakwater, groyne, dyke, jetty, sea wall, embankment, causeway
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  • 2A solid support designed to sustain vertical pressure, in particular.

    • ‘Concrete piers in the corners support the large concrete beams, making it possible to have the long walls free of vertical supports.’
    • ‘The pavilion's materials are elemental: structural concrete piers and tube steel, extensive glass walls, stained cedar siding, and metal roofing and trim.’
    • ‘The piers and abutments are concrete with ten steel trusses with a curved steel plate girder at each end.’
    • ‘The irregular shape of the hollow piers was an especially difficult design challenge.’
    • ‘Each used these piers both for structural support and air distribution.’
    • ‘The piers are designed as hollow box sections with an average height of 25 m.’
    • ‘It was built in 1938 by the Glasgow architect and is on brick piers to ensure the house is protected from flooding.’
    • ‘Piles and piers are designed using load test data and design methods available in literature.’
    • ‘Located by field-walking, the barn was 35.7m long by 15.4m wide with 20 piers.’
    • ‘The post extends from the top of the pier to the base of the beam.’
    • ‘Also include some of the pier / vertical supports under the center area as well as the perimeter ones.’
    • ‘Concrete piers support open space above the base, making the top seven stories seem to float.’
    • ‘Crews excavated as much as 28 ft to add a new first floor and basement and drilled in 687 concrete-filled steel piers.’
    • ‘The design load capacity of each caisson at the anchor piers is 1,640 tons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The new second-floor structure rests on existing pier footings, reducing foundation costs.’
    • ‘Repairs will include putting in foundations and building support piers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hammerheads are 45-m-long box fabrications made integrally with V-shaped supports of similar proportions bearing on the piers.’
    1. 2.1 A pillar supporting an arch or a bridge.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Various foundation types have been adopted to support the bridge piers and abutments.’
      • ‘The bridge's support system features two concrete pylons and two concrete anchor piers.’
      support, cutwater, pile, piling, plinth, pedestal, foot, footing, abutment, buttress, stanchion, prop, stay, upright, pillar, post, column
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    2. 2.2 A section of a 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Meanwhile the two piers between the windows are equal in width.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The window piers at Hampton Court are also too narrow to accommodate any of the illustrated tables except Figure 5.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

pier

/pir/