What does pillar mean?

Definitions for pillar
ˈpɪl ərpil·lar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pillarnoun

    a fundamental principle or practice

    "science eroded the pillars of superstition"

  2. column, tower, pillarnoun

    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"

  3. pillar, mainstaynoun

    a prominent supporter

    "he is a pillar of the community"

  4. column, pillarnoun

    a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)

  5. column, pillarnoun

    (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure

Wiktionary

  1. pillarnoun

    A large post, often used as supporting architecture.

  2. pillarnoun

    Something resembling such a structure.

    a pillar of smoke

  3. pillarnoun

    An essential part of something that provides support.

    He's a pillar of the community.

  4. pillarverb

    To provide with pillars or added strength as if from pillars.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pillarnoun

    the general and popular term for a firm, upright, insulated support for a superstructure; a pier, column, or post; also, a column or shaft not supporting a superstructure, as one erected for a monument or an ornament

    Etymology: [OE. pilerF. pilier, LL. pilare, pilarium, pilarius, fr. L. pila a pillar. See Pile a heap.]

  2. Pillarnoun

    figuratively, that which resembles such a pillar in appearance, character, or office; a supporter or mainstay; as, the Pillars of Hercules; a pillar of the state

    Etymology: [OE. pilerF. pilier, LL. pilare, pilarium, pilarius, fr. L. pila a pillar. See Pile a heap.]

  3. Pillarnoun

    a portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church

    Etymology: [OE. pilerF. pilier, LL. pilare, pilarium, pilarius, fr. L. pila a pillar. See Pile a heap.]

  4. Pillarnoun

    the center of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns

    Etymology: [OE. pilerF. pilier, LL. pilare, pilarium, pilarius, fr. L. pila a pillar. See Pile a heap.]

  5. Pillaradjective

    having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs; as, a pillar drill

    Etymology: [OE. pilerF. pilier, LL. pilare, pilarium, pilarius, fr. L. pila a pillar. See Pile a heap.]

Freebase

  1. Pillar

    Pillar is a Christian rock band currently located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Their sixth studio album, Confessions, was released in 2009. On October 27, 2012 Pillar announced that the four members from the "peak years" would be reuniting with plans of releasing a new album in 2013.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pillar

    pil′ar, n. (archit.) a detached support, differing from a column in that it is not necessarily cylindrical, or of classical proportions: one who, or anything that, sustains: something resembling a pillar in appearance.—adj. Pill′ared, supported by a pillar: having the form of a pillar.—ns. Pill′ar-box, a short pillar in a street with receptacle for letters to be sent by post; Pill′arist, Pill′ar-saint, a person in the early church who crucified the flesh by living on the summit of pillars in the open air, a stylite.—From pillar to post, from one state of difficulty to another: hither and thither. [O. Fr. piler (Fr. pilier)—Low L. pilare—L. pīla, a pillar.]

Editors Contribution

  1. pillar

    A type of structure.

    The pillar of the carpark was sturdy.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 10, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pillar' in Nouns Frequency: #2990

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pillar in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pillar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of pillar in a Sentence

  1. Rob Thomas:

    I got to the center of the mall, I saw this car. Its a black SUV crashed against a pillar in front of the Clarks shoe store.

  2. Oly Ilunga Kalenga:

    This is a new phase in our response, another pillar in the fight. We must continue the monitoring of contacts.

  3. Woody Smeck:

    Hotshot teams are a tight-knit close group that really care for each other and Brian facilitated that caring and connection. He kept that team in strong unity, he was their pillar of strength. He had a bright future ahead of him, gone way too soon.

  4. Alfonso Bonafede:

    The first figures, if confirmed, would be extraordinary. I would say historic, that would mean that the 5-Star Movement will be the pillar of the next legislature.

  5. John McCain:

    Ryan Zinke has always supported the principles of tribal sovereignty and self-determination, that's an important pillar of our tribal relations.

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