Definitions of pier

  1. a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
  2. ( architecture) a vertical supporting structure ( as a portion of wall between two doors or windows)
  3. a support for two adjacent bridge spans
  4. Any detached mass of masonry, whether insulated or supporting one side of an arch or lintel, as of a bridge; the piece of wall between two openings.
  5. Any additional or auxiliary mass of masonry used to stiffen a wall. See Buttress.
  6. A projecting wharf or landing place.
  7. A mass of masonry supporting an arch, bridge, etc.; any other such support, as of iron or timbers, of a bridge or other building; a projecting part of a wall, such as a buttress; a mole, wharf, or dock for vessels; a landing place.
  8. The mass of stone- work between the openings of a building, also that supporting an arch, bridge, etc.: a mass of stone or wood- work projecting into the sea: a wharf.
  9. Mass of stone- work supporting an arch, & c.; quay.
  10. A mass of masonry serving as a support; projecting portion of a wall; a projecting wharf.
  11. A mass of solid stone work for supporting an arch, the timbers of a bridge, or other building; a projecting wharf or landing- place; a jetty or mole projecting into the sea.
  12. The mass of stone or wood work carried out into the sea, serving as an embankment for the protection of vessels, or as a landing- place; a wharf or landing projecting into a river; the solid stone- work that supports an arch of a bridge or other building; the solid parts between doors or windows, & c.

Usage examples for pier

  1. A few minutes brought them to the pier at the end of which the Julia Ann lay. – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  2. In those of the central type, it is not uncommon to find a foundation pier of ten by twelve feet in the cellar. – If You're Going to Live in the Country by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  3. But if I had fallen over the pier and were drowning and some one sprang into the water and at the cost of making my peril, or what but for him would be my fate, his own, saved me from death, then I should say, 'Greater love hath no man than this. – God's Plan with Men by T. T. (Thomas Theodore) Martin
  4. She promised to meet me on the pier – The Squirrel Inn by Frank R. Stockton
  5. On a bluff, a few hundred yards from the pier stood a low, picturesque house, almost surrounded by a grove. – The House of Martha by Frank R. Stockton
  6. Once in the clear, they headed at top speed for Steve's, tied up at the pier and plunged into the water without even bothering to remove their clothes. – The Flying Stingaree by Harold Leland Goodwin
  7. Meet me at Pier 3 in an hour. – Dan Merrithew by Lawrence Perry
  8. Then Glory Goldie had the pier all to herself. – The Emperor of Portugallia by Selma Lagerlof
  9. After that they rose, and, leaving the Red Lion, went down to the pier where a boat was in waiting. – Sunk at Sea by R.M. Ballantyne
  10. At the end of the pier the companies and regiments quickly lined up and marched away. – Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White
  11. " I will," answered the golden- haired boy, and he leaned still farther over the edge of the pier to make sure the crab was still holding to the piece of meat. – Six Little Bunkers at Grandpa Ford's by Laura Lee Hope
  12. And there, indeed, Mr. Bumpkin was, on his back, for the boat at that moment bumped so violently against the side of the pier that many persons were staggering about as if they were in a storm. – The Humourous Story of Farmer Bumpkin's Lawsuit by Richard Harris
  13. As they walked toward the pier one of the pages ran up panting. – Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather
  14. To go up to the Fort and apologise seemed to him impossible, and he spent his time wandering about the shore, the pier harbour and rocks, everywhere, so that he could keep an eye on Glyddyr's proceedings. – King of the Castle by George Manville Fenn
  15. After the first pier was made they never thought to look down the stream for the body to burn. – The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  16. " No, he is not," said she, " but he saved my life at the end of Ramsgate pier and ever since then I have lived with his mother." – The Lifeboat by R.M. Ballantyne
  17. This pier is 196 feet high, 55 feet wide, and 32 feet long. – Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects and Curiosities of Art (Vol. 3 of 3) by S. Spooner
  18. We landed at a small pier from which a rude track leads up to the village between small fields and bare sheets of rock like those in Aranmor. – The Aran Islands by John M. Synge
  19. One came driving down the lake at daylight and went ashore on the spiles of the old pier the crew were all lost, we saw them go down before our eyes. – The Old Stone House by Anne March
  20. It was a night as wild as that on which Durrance had left England; and, like Durrance, Feversham had a friend to see him off, for the last thing which his eyes beheld as the packet swung away from the pier was the face of Lieutenant Sutch beneath a gas- lamp. – The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason