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.
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.
A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church.
Having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs; as, a pillar drill.
Column of slate left underground to support the area above it
An upright structure that supports an arch or a superstrucure or provides a decorative element. Pillars are massive in the norman period, and have a wide variety of decorated, square, rounded and ornate patterns. Pillars can have bases and capitals.
Rectangular column especially one fastened into wall.
A pillar of coal left to support the roof above the workings
noun - A sequence of objects or data arranged depthwise (as opposed to vertically or horizontally). A horizontal sequence is a row, and a vertical sequence is a column.
'Pillar' means 'a strong vertical support' and is therefore vague. Unless one means 'a monumental column or shaft standing alone' as in 'The Pillars of Hercules', it is best to use the alternative: column, post, pier or pilaster.
An area of coal left to support the overlying strata in a mine. Pillars are sometimes left permanently to support surface structures.
a firm upright support for a superstructure, or an ornamental column or shaft, often standing alone for a monument
In Cave Studies, a geologic deposit in which a stalactite growing down from the roof connects with a stalagmite growing up from the floor to make a continuous column.
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"
a prominent supporter; "he is a pillar of the community"
a vertical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (as a monument or a column of air)
(architeture) a tall cylindrical vertical upright and used to support a structure
a column of coal left standing to help support the roof
a main support in a temple
a major supporting factor
a synonym for column which is a vertical support structure in architecture
An area of ore left to support the overlying rock or hanging wall. There are temporary pillars recovered at sometime in the future and permanent pillars left in place for the life of the mine.
Vertical structural member which bears a load - arches, architraves or vaults. It may be square, oblong or polygonal in shape. Romanesque pillars are usually cruciform with a column on each of the four sides; Gothic pillars generally consist of a 'cluster' of columns.
A support which does not taper, has an impost, and does not need to be cylindrical as is the case with a column. The shaft consists of either rectangular, octagonal, circular, or cruciform blocks and may have a capital (fig.5, A).
similar to the classical column, but need not have the simple circular or square cross section.
Similar to but more slender than a pier, also non-circular.
(12) -- a detached vertical structure of stone or wood slender or narrow in proportion to its height, used as a vertical support of a superstructure (Oxford Dict.)
A column used for supporting parts of a structure.
vertical member or column supporting the decks, beams or girders
A column-like support lacking a classical capital.
Area of rock left undisturbed to support the roof.
USAID's new strategic orientation involves four pillars. The first, the Global Development Alliance (GDA), represents a change in the way USAID implements assistance; USAID will serve as a catalyst to mobilize the ideas, efforts, and resources of the public sector, corporations, the higher education community, and nongovernmental organizations in support of shared objectives overseas. USAID has aggregated its current and new mutually reinforcing programs and activities into three program pillars to utilize resources more effectively and to describe its programs more clearly. The three program pillars are: economic growth and agriculture; global health; and conflict prevention and developmental relief.
the column supporting the arch
A free-standing upright member, which, unlike a column, need not by cylindrical or conform with any of the architectural orders.
a vertical support member, usually a main support not attached at its sides
A block of solid ore or other rock left in place to structurally support the shaft, walls or roof of a mine.
vertical, standing, often spire-shaped, natural rock formation (chimney, monument, pinnacle, pohaku, rock tower).
Usually a weight-carrying member, such as a pier or a column; sometimes an isolated, freestanding structure used for commemorative purposes.
a support similar to a column, but of variable shape, such as rectangular or elephantine (a four-sided pillar that widens toward its base).
A vertical member usually shaped round, square or polygonal used to support a load
1. A long, slender, vertical structure used as a support. 2. A column.
an architectural support member which, unlike a column, need not be cylindrical or conform to any order
Vertical compression member usually constructed from masonry.
An A-pillar is a name applied by car stylists and enthusiasts to the shaft of material that supports the windshield (windscreen) on either of the windshield frame sides. By denoting this structural member as the A-pillar, and each successive vertical support in the greenhouse after a successive letter in the alphabet (B-pillar, C-pillar etc.), this naming scheme allows those interested in car design to have points of reference when discussing design elements. The terms are also used by heavy rescue vehicle teams to discuss cutting vehicles open with the jaws of life.