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.

    • ‘Rates for boats using the pier were also announced, with the final amount differing from original discussions.’
    • ‘There are two families resident there and the new 30-metre pier will greatly improve access to the island.’
    • ‘Staircases descend beneath most homes, creating personal piers for every resident's most valued possession - a boat.’
    • ‘The driver pointed a white-gloved hand in the direction of a small ferry boat waiting at the pier, its engine idling.’
    • ‘The grounds include a boat shed and pier with river and lake frontages, as well as lawn areas and a number of mature shrubs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ferry operators have welcomed the funding which will make the pier fully accessible and increase the efficiency of the ferry service.’
    • ‘They made their way down the pier to the boat landings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As soon as the ship was close to the wharf, he jumped from the boat to the pier.’
    • ‘Here, piers for lake boats delivering coal and oil to wholesale distributors, as well as building materials, were busy for many decades.’
    • ‘She smelled fish when the boat came alongside the pier.’
    • ‘These laws ensure that all ships will be closely monitored and I.D required for access to the new pier.’
    • ‘The pier at Ballinskelligs dries at low water, so passengers transfer to and from the larger boats by tender.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One pier will be operated by the city as a ferry terminal, although it will be integrated into the museum complex.’
    • ‘Existing state marinas were built from the 1950s to 1970s, boat ramps and piers even earlier.’
    • ‘A friend of mine had a similar experience disembarking two passengers at the pier.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 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.’
      • ‘One pier is vibrant with candyfloss, arcades and people, the other stands derelict and rusty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘People express more obvious delight in the pier arcade than in a museum or art gallery.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I found my way to a snack establishment near the pier operated by a businesswoman from Kyushu.’
      • ‘The combination of the beautiful pier, great library, beach, playground and pedestrian mall made for a really fun outing.’
      • ‘He currently owns Blackpool Tower, the Winter Gardens, the town's three piers and a large chunk of the Golden Mile.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He called for the provision of toilets on piers and harbours.’
      • ‘Wildwood has three amusement piers, which is fun, but on this trip they all seemed designed specifically for my humiliation.’
      • ‘There would be piers, cafes, a wee beach type affair resplendent with the shiny pebbles, seaweed and rock pools remembered from childhood.’
    2. 1.2 A breakwater or mole.
      • ‘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 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 1.1-acre site has access to a small bathing area and harbour enclosed by a concrete pier and a breakwater.’
      • ‘The harbour entrance itself was guarded by two breakwater piers of heavy sandstone construction for most of their length.’
      breakwater, groyne, dyke, jetty, sea wall, embankment, causeway
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  • 2A solid support designed to sustain vertical pressure.

    • ‘Also include some of the pier / vertical supports under the center area as well as the perimeter ones.’
    • ‘The post extends from the top of the pier to the base of the beam.’
    • ‘It was built in 1938 by the Glasgow architect and is on brick piers to ensure the house is protected from flooding.’
    • ‘Located by field-walking, the barn was 35.7m long by 15.4m wide with 20 piers.’
    • ‘The piers are designed as hollow box sections with an average height of 25 m.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each used these piers both for structural support and air distribution.’
    • ‘The irregular shape of the hollow piers was an especially difficult design challenge.’
    • ‘Concrete piers in the corners support the large concrete beams, making it possible to have the long walls free of vertical supports.’
    • ‘The piers and abutments are concrete with ten steel trusses with a curved steel plate girder at each end.’
    • ‘The new second-floor structure rests on existing pier footings, reducing foundation costs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Piles and piers are designed using load test data and design methods available in literature.’
    • ‘The pavilion's materials are elemental: structural concrete piers and tube steel, extensive glass walls, stained cedar siding, and metal roofing and trim.’
    • ‘Repairs will include putting in foundations and building support piers.’
    • ‘Concrete piers support open space above the base, making the top seven stories seem to float.’
    1. 2.1 A pillar supporting an arch or a bridge.
      • ‘‘We could have built a conventional multi-span bridge supported by piers for about 20 per cent less,’ he said.’
      • ‘He said: ‘These were then lifted one at a time into place on top of the supporting piers to form the bridge.’’
      • ‘The bridge's support system features two concrete pylons and two concrete anchor piers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Various foundation types have been adopted to support the bridge piers and abutments.’
      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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The window piers at Hampton Court are also too narrow to accommodate any of the illustrated tables except Figure 5.’
      • ‘Upon approaching the site, the main iron gates are anchored with brick piers and cast stone finials that frame the building beyond.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

pier

/pɪr//pir/