Definitions of pillar

  1. anything tall and thin approximating 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"
  2. a tall cylindrical vertical upright
  3. a vertical structure standing alone and not supporting anything ( as a monument or a column of air)
  4. a prominent supporter; " he is a pillar of the community"
  5. a fundamental principle or practice; " science eroded the pillars of superstition"
  6. ( architeture) a tall cylindrical vertical upright and used to support a structure
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church.
  10. The center of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns.
  11. Having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs; as, a pillar drill.
  12. A column to support a structure or to serve as a monument; any firm, slender, upright support.
  13. A long body sustaining a part.
  14. ( arch.) A detached support, differing from a column in that it is not necessarily cylindrical, or of classical proportions: anything that sustains.
  15. A column; support.
  16. A firm, up right support; column.
  17. A detached column for support, of any shape; a supporter; a monument; something resembling a pillar; foundation or support.
  18. A column of any shape to support; anything that sustains or upholds; a foundation; a support.

Usage examples for pillar

  1. 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
  2. I walk wearily to the pillar box at the corner of Pembridge Road to post my copy. – The Napoleon of Notting Hill by Gilbert K. Chesterton
  3. " He said he was going to the Pillar Gordon said, " and he went up Mosedale in that direction." – A Romance of Wastdale by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  4. The position of the shoal, and of Pillar Rock, together with the set of the tidal current, were clearly shown, and it is probable that Good Hope Inlet, notwithstanding its dangerous approach, will be thoroughly surveyed one of these days. – The Captain of the Kansas by Louis Tracy
  5. 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
  6. Wouldst see a pillar of fire? – Dreamers of the Ghetto by I. Zangwill
  7. For there, by the pillar lay a very large purple dragon. – The Book of Dragons by Edith Nesbit
  8. As a climbing- ground it is perhaps even more popular than the Pillar especially in winter. – Climbing in The British Isles. Vol. 1 - England by W. P. Haskett Smith
  9. Heimbert had stationed himself not far from him, behind a pillar his drawn sword under his mantle, and his clear blue eyes, like two watching stars, looking calmly and penetrating around. – The Two Captains by Friedrich de La Motte-Fouque
  10. 29. South- East House with Pillar Room. – The Sea-Kings of Crete by James Baikie
  11. Left alone, she leaned for support on the porch pillar overcome by the Evangelineness of Evangeline. – Miss Theodosia's Heartstrings by Annie Hamilton Donnell
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. That he should stand A pillar of strength to the state? – Poems by Frances E. W. Harper
  15. You will know the spot by a rude pillar the only one near- to which a broken chain is attached. – Zanoni by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. I walked forward to the edge of the porch, and stood there, leaning against a pillar – Love Under Fire by Randall Parrish
  19. 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
  20. For full three minutes, the distant fire sent up a steady pillar – The Plow-Woman by Eleanor Gates