Abutment pier
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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pier table — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abutment — pier, *buttress …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Abutment — A*but ment ([.a]*b[u^]t ment), n. 1. State of abutting. [1913 Webster] 2. That on or against which a body abuts or presses; as (a) (Arch.) The solid part of a pier or wall, etc., which receives the thrust or lateral pressure of an arch, vault, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pier — 1 *buttress, abutment 2 *wharf, dock, quay, slip, berth, jetty, levee …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pier — [pir] n. [ME per < ML pera, ult. < ? or akin to L petra, stone < Gr, rock] 1. a heavy structure supporting the spans of a bridge, esp., as distinguished from an abutment, one supporting the adjacent ends of two center spans of a long… …   English World dictionary

  • pier — Synonyms and related words: abutment, anchorage, anchorage ground, arc boutant, arcade, atlas, baluster, balustrade, banister, bank, base, basin, beam, berth, breakwater, bulkhead, bulwark, buttress, buttress pier, buttressing, caryatid,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • abutment — n. 1. Abutting, being contiguous or adjacent, adjoining, adjacency, contiguity, juxtaposition. 2. Shore pier, end pier, terminal pier, terminal support …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • pier — noun 1) a boat was tied to the pier Syn: jetty, quay, wharf, dock, levee, landing, landing stage 2) the piers of the bridge Syn: support, cutwater, pile, piling, abutment …   Thesaurus of popular words

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