pillar

[p_ˈɪ_l_ə], [pˈɪlə], [pˈɪlə]

Definitions of pillar:

  1.   ( arch.) A detached support, differing from a column in that it is not necessarily cylindrical, or of classical proportions: anything that sustains. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2.   A column; support. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   A column to support a structure or to serve as a monument; any firm, slender, upright support. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   A column of any shape to support; anything that sustains or upholds; a foundation; a support. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5.   A detached column for support, of any shape; a supporter; a monument; something resembling a pillar; foundation or support. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Quotes for pillar:

  1. But my method of the pillar as it throws the horse yet more upon the haunches, is still more effectual to this purpose, and besides always gives him the ply to the side he goes of. – William Cavendish
  2. Women's natural role is to be a pillar of the family. – Grace Kelly
  3. Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man. – Pliny the Elder
  4. In journalistic terms, syndication is equivalent to ascending to heaven on a pillar of cloud. – John Skow
  5. In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State. – Alexander Solzehnitsyn

Usage examples for pillar:

  1. “ A line was drawn across from east to west and they watched when the shadow of the pillar was on the line from sunrise to sunset and there was no shadow at noon. ” – History of the Incas by Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa
  2. 4: 5. Here " the figurative reference is to the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire in which the Lord went before the Israelites in the wilderness, and to the glory which rested upon the tabernacle." ” – Companion to the Bible by E. P. Barrows
  3. But as for the parson, he took good care to tie himself first of all to the pillar which held up the roof of the house. ” – Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales by Anonymous
  4. At the mention of a church legend Count Marescotti turned away with an expression of disgust, and leaned against a pillar his eyes fixed on Enrica. ” – The Italians by Frances Elliot
  5. “ For full three minutes, the distant fire sent up a steady pillar – The Plow-Woman by Eleanor Gates
  6. That he should stand A pillar of strength to the state? ” – Poems by Frances E. W. Harper
  7. The pillar under the altar is shown as that to which St. Sebastian was bound when he was shot with the arrows. ” – Walks in Rome by Augustus J.C. Hare
  8. Left alone, she leaned for support on the porch pillar overcome by the Evangelineness of Evangeline. ” – Miss Theodosia's Heartstrings by Annie Hamilton Donnell
  9. So necessary did he seem to their cause, and so dear had he become to their armies, that during the severe illness of Coligny in the course of the following summer all eyes were turned upon him as the inevitable successor of that great man, the only remaining pillar of freedom in France. ” – The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74 by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: January 25, 2009
  10. Presently the cab drew up near the pillar and there was the dragon, his ugly purple head shining in the sun, and his ugly purple mouth half open. ” – The Book of Dragons by Edith Nesbit

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