pillar
I. noun Etymology: Middle English piler, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin pilare, from Latin pila Date: 13th century 1. a. a firm upright support for a superstructure ; post b. a usually ornamental column or shaft; especially one standing alone for a monument 2. a. a supporting, integral, or upstanding member or part <
a pillar of society
>
b. a fundamental precept <
the five pillars of Islam
>
3. a solid mass of coal, rock, or ore left standing to support a mine roof 4. a body part that resembles a column • pillarless adjective II. transitive verb Date: 1607 to provide or strengthen with or as if with pillars

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  • Pillar — Пиллар Основная информация …   Википедия

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pillar — steht für Pillar, eine bestimmte Ausführung der Litfaßsäule Geografisches Pillar (Lake District), Berg in England Rock and Pillar Range, Bruchschollengebirge in Neuseeland weiteres Pillar (Band), Band Pillar Car Protector, Kfz Schutzvorrichtung… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • pillar — pillar, column, pilaster denote a structure that rises high from a base or foundation, is slender in comparison with its width, and usually has a monolithic and decorative appearance. Pillar is the general term and applies to any such structure… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pillar — ► NOUN 1) a tall vertical structure used as a support for a building or as an ornament. 2) a person or thing providing reliable support. ● from pillar to post Cf. ↑from pillar to post DERIVATIVES pillared adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • Pillar — Pil lar, a. (Mach.) Having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs; as, a pillar drill. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pillar — (n.) early 13c., from O.Fr. piler, from M.L. pilare, from L. pila pillar, stone barrier. Figurative sense of prop or support of an institution or community is first recorded early 14c. Phrase pillar to post is c.1600, originally of tennis, exact… …   Etymology dictionary

  • pillar — [pil′ər] n. [ME piler < OFr < VL * pilare < L pila, column] 1. a long, slender, vertical structure used to support a superstructure; column 2. such a column standing alone as a monument 3. anything like a pillar in form or function, as a …   English World dictionary

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