Pier glass
Pier Pier, n. [OE. pere, OF. piere a stone, F. pierre, fr. L. petra, Gr. ?. Cf. {Petrify}.] 1. (Arch.) (a) Any detached mass of masonry, whether insulated or supporting one side of an arch or lintel, as of a bridge; the piece of wall between two openings. (b) Any additional or auxiliary mass of masonry used to stiffen a wall. See {Buttress}. [1913 Webster]

2. A projecting wharf or landing place. [1913 Webster]

{Abutment pier}, the pier of a bridge next the shore; a pier which by its strength and stability resists the thrust of an arch.

{Pier glass}, a mirror, of high and narrow shape, to be put up between windows.

{Pier table}, a table made to stand between windows. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • pier glass — n. a tall mirror set in the pier, or wall section, between windows …   English World dictionary

  • pier glass — pier′ glass n. fur a tall, often full length mirror intended to be set between windows • Etymology: 1695–1705 …   From formal English to slang

  • pier glass — noun a large mirror between two windows • Syn: ↑pier mirror • Hypernyms: ↑mirror * * * noun : a large high mirror; especially : one designed to occupy the wall space between windows see pier table illustration …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pier glass — A pier glass is a long tall mirror which is placed flush on a wall between two windows, often of the same shape and design as the windows themselves. This was a common decorating feature in the reception rooms of large 18th century houses.… …   Wikipedia

  • pier glass — noun A tall narrow mirror, usually set between two windows, above a pier table See Also: pier table …   Wiktionary

  • pier glass — noun Date: 1703 a large high mirror; especially one designed to occupy the wall space between windows called also pier mirror …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pier glass — /ˈpɪə glas/ (say pear glahs) noun a tall mirror such as is used to fill the pier or space between two windows …   Australian English dictionary

  • pier glass — a tall mirror, often full length, intended to be set between windows. [1695 1705] * * * …   Universalium

  • pier glass — noun a large mirror, used originally to fill wall space between windows …   English new terms dictionary

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