Definition of pillar in English:

pillar

noun

  • 1A tall vertical structure of stone, wood, or metal, used as a support for a building, or as an ornament or monument.

    • ‘Every bungalow is supported on stone pillars, which permits us to maintain the natural terrain and vegetation.’
    • ‘They are modern and stylish additions to an older building that has grand pillars and a sweeping stone staircase at its entrance.’
    • ‘Well maintained buildings, gates, pillars, old stone walls and styles add to the visual appearance of the farm and help it blend into the landscape.’
    • ‘The former asylum opened in 1816 is a stately quadrangular building of stone with pillars of the Doric order.’
    • ‘The pillars supporting the building were of smooth white wood, the pews solid oak.’
    • ‘They carve memorial pillars in wood and stone for their dead.’
    • ‘The hallway was lined with tall stone pillars and ivy.’
    • ‘The lower storey disappeared in 1889 when the building was modified and the distinctive stone pillars supporting the upper storey were added.’
    • ‘Most of the rooms were large and empty, like a monument, supported by tall, white pillars.’
    • ‘All pillars are essential to a firm and sturdy building.’
    • ‘Confining roses to pillars or other vertical structures may be a better option.’
    • ‘A metal fence post was found nearby and it has been used to chip chunks of stone from the other pillars and the monument itself.’
    • ‘Substantive stone pillars absorb that heat, radiating it out throughout the night.’
    • ‘The Cells were in groups of five and each of those groups stood vertically around a metal pillar.’
    • ‘There were a number of tall metal pillars and beams spread out to hold up the massive weight of the city above them.’
    • ‘At the other end of the cone shaped island was a two mile long causeway with tall stone pillars as markers connected to the mainland near Strandhill.’
    • ‘The tall pillar of stones on the summit is a well-known landmark and there are great views of the valleys and tarns below.’
    • ‘Ornate pillars with stone carved towers stand as monuments of glory to their builders.’
    • ‘In the center of the room stood a stone pillar about four feet tall.’
    • ‘They had reached the wall surrounding the offices where the King's business in the city was conducted, and stood outside impressive iron gates with tall ornamental pillars on either side.’
    column, post, pole, support, upright, vertical, baluster, pier, pile, piling, pilaster, stanchion, standard, prop, buttress
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    1. 1.1Something shaped like a pillar.
      ‘a pillar of smoke’
      • ‘When he completed his turn, he was met by a pillar of compact soil and rock that shot at him out of nowhere, sending him rolling through the dirt.’
      • ‘Nubon slammed Seth down again, and a pillar of rock shot up as high as Nubon was tall.’
      • ‘Mayo and I opted to climb Glass Menagerie, a pillar of solid ice that spills down in frosted swirls like icing on a cake.’
      • ‘A siren pierces the early evening night calling attention to the bright yellow firetruck speeding toward a pillar of smoke in the distance.’
      • ‘The memory cell includes an access transistor formed in a pillar of single crystal semiconductor material.’
      • ‘Out of nowhere a pillar of bright red fire forms from Collis feat.’
      • ‘My worst moment came when I found myself fighting a losing battle against a pillar of fire which had suddenly turned back on itself and was heading in my direction.’
      • ‘Elisa, Dhaiiski, and Cassida appeared downtown area at the center of a pillar of yellow circles.’
      • ‘Untidy pipes can be painted in the same colour as the wall, whereas a corner downpipe reaching the eaves could be planted with Golden Hop and become a pillar of chartreuse from April to November.’
      • ‘Two figures stood in a treacherously dangerous position at the edge of a hole from which a pillar of light emanated.’
      • ‘Suddenly, when his opponent was close to the wall he sent a pillar of rock shooting towards Michael's head.’
      • ‘His first miracle involves covering Manchester City's Maine Rd stadium with a pillar of light.’
      • ‘I turned my head towards aisle three to stare down Vader, but I was afraid of being turned into a pillar of salt so I averted my eyes.’
      • ‘There was a spiritual cloud that directed them during the day, and a pillar of fire that replaced it at night.’
      • ‘As she exerted more force on it, she saw a human form materialize, first as a pillar of swirling water, then into a humanoid form.’
    2. 1.2A person or thing regarded as reliably providing essential support for something.
      ‘he was a pillar of his local community’
      • ‘All those detained in the sweep were members of a family described as a pillar of support for the ousted regime, said the US Lieutenant Colonel.’
      • ‘Since the '60s Lee has been a pillar of Canadian literature as an editor, essayist and poet.’
      • ‘After the move from the company, he was a pillar of support following the death of Wyclef's father two years ago, and a strong influence on the vocal aspect of his music.’
      • ‘They see the static regional context as having become a pillar of support for the occupation in this unjust war.’
      • ‘A strong modern military was considered an essential pillar supporting the nation.’
      • ‘They're quite willing to mess around with essential pillars of freedom without understanding what they're doing.’
      • ‘At first she thought he would be a hindrance, but it turned out that he had been a pillar of support.’
      • ‘She learned Arabic and became a pillar of support in local communities, often helping the needy in the face of opposition during the dictator's regime.’
      • ‘During a routine sale of U.S. Treasury bonds in early September, one of the essential pillars holding up the economy suddenly disappeared.’
      • ‘Mary Nicholas, his mother, a seamstress by profession, has always been a pillar of support encouraging his musical efforts.’
      • ‘Consequently, a reliable pillar of our public safety infrastructure is gradually being undermined.’
      • ‘There is no doubt manners and social graces are essential pillars to hold up our society.’
      • ‘Dad thought himself a pinnacle of strength and a pillar of optimism to guide everyone through the dark times.’
      • ‘The Sikh Coalition would like to thank the Hate Free Zone for helping to protect the pillars of our democracy by exercising the voice of the people.’
      • ‘He is the ultimate example of drug-fuelled rock 'n' roll excess, the other is a douce, dapper pillar of Scotland's literary establishment.’
      • ‘I've often heard people wondering how these students, notoriously wild, turn into pillars of responsibility and reliability.’
      • ‘The US considers it essential to maintain Morocco as a pillar of support in the Arab world.’
      • ‘It's known all along that property ownership is an essential pillar of self-funded retirement.’
      • ‘He had always seemed to her like a pillar of quiet strength.’
      • ‘I am a small but essential pillar of society; I'm not a doctor or a soldier, I don't teach or sweep streets, but I do have a little role to play.’

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French piler, based on Latin pila pillar.

Pronunciation:

pillar

/ˈpilər/