pylon
noun Etymology: Greek pylōn, from pylē gate Date: 1850 1. a. a usually massive gateway b. an ancient Egyptian gateway building in a truncated pyramidal form c. a monumental mass flanking an entranceway or an approach to a bridge 2. a. chiefly British a tower for supporting either end of usually a number of wires over a long span b. any of various towerlike structures 3. a. a post or tower marking a prescribed course of flight for an airplane b. traffic cone c. one of the flexible upright markers positioned on a football field at the corners of the end zone 4. a rigid structure on the outside of an aircraft for supporting something (as an engine or missile) — see airplane illustration

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  • Pylon — Пайлон …   Википедия

  • Pylon — bezeichnet: eine Toranlage als Eingang zu sakralen Bauten seit der Zeit Altägyptens, siehe Pylon (Ägypten) ein säkulares architektonisches Element (Toranlage, Stütze), siehe Pylon (Architektur) einen Pfeiler bzw. eine Tragekonstruktion bei Hänge… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • pylon — 1823, gateway to an Egyptian temple, from Gk. pylon gateway, from pyle gate, of unknown origin. Meaning tower for guiding aviators (1909) led to that of steel tower for high tension wires (1923) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pylon — ► NOUN 1) (also electricity pylon) a tall tower like structure for carrying electricity cables. 2) a monumental gateway to an ancient Egyptian temple, formed by two truncated pyramidal towers. ORIGIN Greek pul n gateway …   English terms dictionary

  • pylon — [pī′län΄, pīlən] n. [Gr pylōn, gateway, akin to pylē, gate] 1. a gateway 2. a truncated pyramid, or two of these, serving as a gateway to an Egyptian temple 3. any slender, towering structure flanking an entranceway, supporting electric lines,… …   English World dictionary

  • Pylon — Py lon, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? a gateway.] (a) A low tower, having a truncated pyramidal form, and flanking an ancient Egyptian gateway. [1913 Webster] Massive pylons adorned with obelisks in front. J. W. Draper. [1913 Webster] (b) An Egyptian… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pylon — (gr.), 1) Thor, Pforte; 2) bes. die hohen, fast thurmähnlichen Gebäude vor den altägyptischen u. nubischen Palästen u. Tempeln, deren Wandflächen mit Darstellungen von Schlachten u. Aufzügen, wie am Palast von Luxor, bedeckt sind. Inmitten beider …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • pylon — index portal Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Pylon —     The gateway to an Egyptian temple, the pylon consisted of two massive stone towers which flanked the doorway that gave access to the courts and *hypostyle halls. On the facade of the pylon there were sunken recesses to hold wooden flagstaffs …   Ancient Egypt

  • Pylon — Haberkornhütchen (österr.); Verkehrsleitkegel; Verkehrstöggel (schweiz.); Lübecker Hütchen; Leitkegel (fachsprachlich); Verkehrshütchen * * * Py|lon1 〈m. 1〉 kleiner, meist rot weiß gestreifter Kegel zur Absperrung od. Markierung von Baustellen,… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • pylon — UK [ˈpaɪlən] / US [ˈpaɪˌlɑn] noun [countable] Word forms pylon : singular pylon plural pylons one of a series of very tall metal structures used for holding the wires that carry electric power high above the ground …   English dictionary

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