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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).]
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(Architecture) a shallow rectangular column attached to the face of a wall
[C16: from French pilastre, from Latin pīla pillar]
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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]
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pilaster- First referred to a square or rectangular column or pillar.
See also related terms for pillar.
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|Noun||1.||pilaster - a rectangular column that usually projects about a third of its width from the wall to which it is attached|
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pilaster[pɪˈlæstəʳ] N → pilastra f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
n → Pilaster m, → Halbpfeiler m
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