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pi·las·ter

 (pĭ-lăs′tər)
n.
A rectangular column with a capital and base, projecting only slightly from a wall as an ornamental motif.

[French pilastre, from Old French, from Old Italian pilastro, from Medieval Latin pīlaster : Latin pīla, pillar + Latin -aster, n. suff., or blend of Latin pīla, pillar, and Late Latin parastatēs, pilaster (from Greek, stay, supporter : para-, beside; see para-1 + -statēs, -stat).]

pilaster

(pɪˈlæstə)
n
(Architecture) a shallow rectangular column attached to the face of a wall
[C16: from French pilastre, from Latin pīla pillar]
piˈlastered adj

pi•las•ter

(pɪˈlæs tər)

n.
a shallow rectangular feature projecting from a wall, usu. having a capital and base and imitating the form of a column.
[1565–75; pile1 (in obsolete sense “pillar”) + -aster1, modeled on Italian pilastro or Medieval Latin pīlastrum]
pi•las′tered, adj.

pilaster

- First referred to a square or rectangular column or pillar.
See also related terms for pillar.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pilaster - a rectangular column that usually projects about a third of its width from the wall to which it is attachedpilaster - a rectangular column that usually projects about a third of its width from the wall to which it is attached
pillar, column - (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure
Translations
pilasterwandpilaster

pilaster

[pɪˈlæstəʳ] Npilastra f

pilaster

nPilaster m, → Halbpfeiler m
References in classic literature ?
Just below the end of the second, going down, the stone wall on the left terminates in an ornamental pilaster facing towards the Thames.
Anon out of the earth a Fabrick huge Rose like an Exhalation, with the sound Of Dulcet Symphonies and voices sweet, Built like a Temple, where PILASTERS round Were set, and Doric pillars overlaid With Golden Architrave; nor did there want Cornice or Freeze, with bossy Sculptures grav'n, The Roof was fretted Gold.
About two-thirds of the way along the Faubourg Saint-Honore, and in the rear of one of the most imposing mansions in this rich neighborhood, where the various houses vie with each other for elegance of design and magnificence of construction, extended a large garden, where the wide-spreading chestnut-trees raised their heads high above the walls in a solid rampart, and with the coming of every spring scattered a shower of delicate pink and white blossoms into the large stone vases that stood upon the two square pilasters of a curiously wrought iron gate, that dated from the time of Louis XII.
It was a large brick house, decorated with Ionic pilasters, and stood in Garden Court Street, near the North Square.
It was a large, sombre edifice of wood, with pilasters and a balcony, and was divided from one of the principal streets by a terrace of three elevations, which was ascended by successive flights of stone steps.
Except for the glazed rotunda part its long walls, divided into narrow panels separated by an order of flat pilasters, presented, depicted on a black background and in vivid colours, slender women with butterfly wings and lean youths with narrow birds' wings.
But its wide front, with a stone balcony from end to end of the piano nobile or most important floor, was architectural enough, with the aid of various pilasters and arches; and the stucco with which in the intervals it had long ago been endued was rosy in the April afternoon.
It was a large square wooden structure, with tongued and grooved walls painted pale green and white, a Corinthian portico, and fluted pilasters between the windows.
Costello, who sat on a little portable stool at the base of one of the great pilasters.
As no ladders could reach the great heights, the men swung themselves down from balustrades and the capitals of pilasters by ropes, to do this work.
The friezes ornamented with arabesques, and the pediments which crowned the pilasters, conferred richness and grace on every part of the building, while the domes which surmounted the whole added proportion and majesty.
It represents a pilaster of our struggle toward the independence, and I think we are a step closer to it," said Palestinian Authority official Sabri Saidam, adding that the vote is "a great message" to those countries opposing at the UN Security Council the Palestinian bid for full membership status.