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pil·lar

 (pĭl′ər)
n.
1.
a. A slender, freestanding, vertical support; a column.
b. Such a structure or one similar to it used for decoration.
2. One who occupies a central or responsible position: a pillar of the state.
tr.v. pil·lared, pil·lar·ing, pil·lars
To support or decorate with pillars or a pillar.
Idiom:
from pillar to post
From one place to another; hither and thither.

[Middle English, from Old French pilier, from Medieval Latin pīlāre, from Latin pīla.]

pillar

(ˈpɪlə)
n
1. (Architecture) an upright structure of stone, brick, metal, etc, that supports a superstructure or is used for ornamentation
2. something resembling this in shape or function: a pillar of stones; a pillar of smoke.
3. (Mountaineering) a tall, slender, usually sheer rock column, forming a separate top
4. a prominent supporter: a pillar of the Church.
5. from pillar to post from one place to another
vb
(Architecture) (tr) to support with or as if with pillars
[C13: from Old French pilier, from Latin pīla; see pile1]

pil•lar

(ˈpɪl ər)

n.
1. an upright shaft or structure, of stone, brick, or other material, relatively slender in proportion to its height, and of any shape in section, used as a building support, or standing alone, as for a monument.
2. a natural formation resembling such a construction: a pillar of smoke.
3. any upright, supporting part; post.
4. a person who is a chief supporter of a state, institution, etc.
5. (in a mine) an isolated mass of rock or ore, usu. serving as a roof support.
v.t.
6. to provide or support with pillars.
Idioms:
from pillar to post,
a. from place to place, esp. aimlessly.
b. from one bad situation or predicament to another.
[1175–1225; Middle English piler (< Old French), pillare < Medieval Latin pīlāre; see pile1, -ar2]
pil′lared, adj.

pillar

  • gnomon, gnomonics - A gnomon is the pillar or rod that casts a shadow on a sundial; gnomonics is the art or science of dialing or of constructing dials to show the hour of the day by the shadow of a gnomon.
  • pilaster - First referred to a square or rectangular column or pillar.
  • pillar - From Latin pila, "pillar," the source of compile, pilaster, and pile.
  • column - Its underlying notion is of "height, command, extremity," and it comes from Latin columna, "pillar," which probably came from columen/culmen, "top, summit."

Pillar

 an upright pillar-like mass or column of air. See also column.
Examples: pillar of air; of cloud, 1382; of fire, 1382; of heaven bright, 1340; of sand, 1813; of smoke, 1611; of printing type; of vapour; of water, 1702.

pillar


Past participle: pillared
Gerund: pillaring

Imperative
pillar
pillar
Present
I pillar
you pillar
he/she/it pillars
we pillar
you pillar
they pillar
Preterite
I pillared
you pillared
he/she/it pillared
we pillared
you pillared
they pillared
Present Continuous
I am pillaring
you are pillaring
he/she/it is pillaring
we are pillaring
you are pillaring
they are pillaring
Present Perfect
I have pillared
you have pillared
he/she/it has pillared
we have pillared
you have pillared
they have pillared
Past Continuous
I was pillaring
you were pillaring
he/she/it was pillaring
we were pillaring
you were pillaring
they were pillaring
Past Perfect
I had pillared
you had pillared
he/she/it had pillared
we had pillared
you had pillared
they had pillared
Future
I will pillar
you will pillar
he/she/it will pillar
we will pillar
you will pillar
they will pillar
Future Perfect
I will have pillared
you will have pillared
he/she/it will have pillared
we will have pillared
you will have pillared
they will have pillared
Future Continuous
I will be pillaring
you will be pillaring
he/she/it will be pillaring
we will be pillaring
you will be pillaring
they will be pillaring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pillaring
you have been pillaring
he/she/it has been pillaring
we have been pillaring
you have been pillaring
they have been pillaring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pillaring
you will have been pillaring
he/she/it will have been pillaring
we will have been pillaring
you will have been pillaring
they will have been pillaring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pillaring
you had been pillaring
he/she/it had been pillaring
we had been pillaring
you had been pillaring
they had been pillaring
Conditional
I would pillar
you would pillar
he/she/it would pillar
we would pillar
you would pillar
they would pillar
Past Conditional
I would have pillared
you would have pillared
he/she/it would have pillared
we would have pillared
you would have pillared
they would have pillared
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pillar - a fundamental principle or practice; "science eroded the pillars of superstition"
principle, rule - a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct; "their principles of composition characterized all their works"
pillar of Islam - (Islam) one of the five religious obligations accepted by all Muslims
2.pillar - anything that approximates the shape of a column or towerpillar - anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower; "the test tube held a column of white powder"; "a tower of dust rose above the horizon"; "a thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite"
shape, form - the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
columella - a small column (or structure resembling a column) that is a part of a plant or animal
hoodoo - (geology) a column of weathered and unusually shaped rock; "a tall sandstone hoodoo"
3.pillar - a prominent supporterpillar - a prominent supporter; "he is a pillar of the community"
admirer, booster, protagonist, supporter, champion, friend - a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library"
4.pillar - a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)
obelisk - a stone pillar having a rectangular cross section tapering towards a pyramidal top
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
totem pole - a tribal emblem consisting of a pillar carved and painted with totemic figures; erected by Indian tribes of the northwest Pacific coast
5.pillar - (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure
telamon, atlas - a figure of a man used as a supporting column
chapiter, capital, cap - the upper part of a column that supports the entablature
caryatid - a supporting column carved in the shape of a person
newel - the central pillar of a circular staircase
footstall, plinth, pedestal - an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue)
pilaster - a rectangular column that usually projects about a third of its width from the wall to which it is attached
piling, spile, stilt, pile - a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure
scape, shaft - (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column
support column - a column that supports a heavy weight
temple - an edifice devoted to special or exalted purposes
upright, vertical - a vertical structural member as a post or stake; "the ball sailed between the uprights"
architecture - the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"
entasis - a slight convexity in the shaft of a column; compensates for the illusion of concavity that viewers experience when the sides are perfectly straight

pillar

noun
1. support, post, column, piling, prop, shaft, upright, pier, obelisk, stanchion, pilaster the pillars supporting the roof
2. supporter, leader, rock, worthy, mainstay, leading light (informal), tower of strength, upholder, torchbearer My father had been a pillar of the community.
Translations
عَمودعَمْود
pilířsloup
søjlepille
pylväspilari
stup
oszlop
súla, stólpi
기둥
pilioriuspašto dėžė
pīlārsstabs
stâlp
pilier
steberslop
pelare
เสาหลัก
cột

pillar

[ˈpɪləʳ]
A. Npilar m, columna f
a pillar of smokeuna columna de humo
the Pillars of Herculeslas Columnas de Hércules
pillar of salt (Bible) → estatua f de sal
a pillar of the church (fig) → un pilar de la iglesia
to be a pillar of strengthser firme como una roca
to go from pillar to postir de la Ceca a la Meca
B. CPD pillar box N (Brit) → buzón m

pillar

[ˈpɪlər] n
(ARCHITECTURE) (= column) → pilier m
a pillar of salt (BIBLE)une statue de sel
to go from pillar to post → aller par monts et par vaux
to be sent from pillar to post → être envoyé(e) par monts et par vaux
[smoke, cloud, fire] → colonne f
(= mainstay) → pilier m
a pillar of the community → un pilier de la communauté
a pillar of society → un pilier de la société
a pillar of strength → un grand secours
She has been a real pillar of strength to me → Elle m'a vraiment été d'un grand secours.pillar box pillar-box n (British)boîte f aux lettres (publique)

pillar

nSäule f; pillar of saltSalzsäule f; pillar of smokeRauchsäule f; the Pillars of Herculesdie Säulen pldes Herkules; a pillar of society/the communityeine Säule or Stütze der Gesellschaft/der Gemeinschaft; from pillar to post (Brit) → von Pontius zu Pilatus

pillar

[ˈpɪləʳ] n (round) → colonna; (square) → pilastro
a pillar of smoke → una colonna di fumo
a pillar of the church (fig) → uno dei pilastri della chiesa
to be driven from pillar to post → essere sballottato/a a destra e a manca

pillar

(ˈpilə) noun
an upright post used in building as a support or decoration. The hall was surrounded by stone pillars.
ˈpillarbox noun
a box found in public places, into which letters are posted to be collected by a postman.

pillar

عَمْود sloup søjle Säule στύλος pilar pylväs pilier stup pilastro 기둥 pilaar søyle filar pilar колонна pelare เสาหลัก sütun cột 柱子

pil·lar

n. columna, pilar.
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