Pillars of the fauces
Pillar Pil"lar, n. [OE. pilerF. pilier, LL. pilare, pilarium, pilarius, fr. L. pila a pillar. See {Pile} a heap.] 1. The general and popular term for a firm, upright, insulated support for a superstructure; a pier, column, or post; also, a column or shaft not supporting a superstructure, as one erected for a monument or an ornament. [1913 Webster]

Jacob set a pillar upon her grave. --Gen. xxxv. 20. [1913 Webster]

The place . . . vast and proud, Supported by a hundred pillars stood. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Figuratively, that which resembles such a pillar in appearance, character, or office; a supporter or mainstay; as, the Pillars of Hercules; a pillar of the state. ``You are a well-deserving pillar.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

By day a cloud, by night a pillar of fire. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. (R. C. Ch.) A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church. [Obs.] --Skelton. [1913 Webster]

4. (Man.) The center of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns. [1913 Webster]

{From pillar to post}, hither and thither; to and fro; from one place or predicament to another; backward and forward. [Colloq.]

{Pillar saint}. See {Stylite}.

{Pillars of the fauces}. See {Fauces}, 1. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • isthmus of the fauces — Fauces Fau ces, n. pl. [L.] 1. (Anat.) The narrow passage from the mouth to the pharynx, situated between the soft palate and the base of the tongue; called also the {isthmus of the fauces}. On either side of the passage two membranous folds,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Isthmus of the fauces — A view of the isthmus of the fauces through the mouth cavity. The cheeks have been slit transversely and the tongue pulled forward. (Isthmus faucium labeled at center right.) …   Wikipedia

  • Fauces — The throat. The word fauces is the plural of the Latin faux meaning a small passage. * * * The space between the cavity of the mouth and the pharynx, bounded by the soft palate and the base of the tongue. SEE ALSO: isthmus of f.. SYN:… …   Medical dictionary

  • Fauces — Fau ces, n. pl. [L.] 1. (Anat.) The narrow passage from the mouth to the pharynx, situated between the soft palate and the base of the tongue; called also the {isthmus of the fauces}. On either side of the passage two membranous folds, called the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fauces — n. the opening leading from the mouth into the pharynx. It is surrounded by the glossopalatine arch (which forms the anterior pillars of the fauces) and the pharyngopalatine arch (the posterior pillars) …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • Fauces (anatomy) — Infobox Anatomy Name = PAGENAME Latin = GraySubject = GrayPage = Caption = The mouth cavity. The cheeks have been slit transversely and the tongue pulled forward. Caption2 = Precursor = System = Artery = Vein = Nerve = Lymph = MeshName =… …   Wikipedia

  • pillar — A structure or part having a resemblance to a column or p.. [L. pila] anterior p. of fauces palatoglossal arch. anterior p. of fornix SYN: column of fornix. Corti pillars SYN: p. cells, under c …   Medical dictionary

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  • From pillar to post — Pillar Pil lar, n. [OE. pilerF. pilier, LL. pilare, pilarium, pilarius, fr. L. pila a pillar. See {Pile} a heap.] 1. The general and popular term for a firm, upright, insulated support for a superstructure; a pier, column, or post; also, a column …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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