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Meaning of PIER

Pronunciation:  peer

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
  2. [n]  a support for two adjacent bridge spans
  3. [n]  (architecture) a vertical supporting structure (as a portion of wall between two doors or windows)

PIER is a 4 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: dock, wharf, wharfage
 See Also: bitt, bollard, bridge, platform, quay, shipside, span, support, wall



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pier\, n. [OE. pere, OF. piere a stone, F. pierre, fr. L.
petra, Gr. ?. Cf. {Petrify}.]
1. (Arch.)
   (a) 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.
   (b) Any additional or auxiliary mass of masonry used to
       stiffen a wall. See {Buttress}.

2. A projecting wharf or landing place.

{Abutment pier}, the pier of a bridge next the shore; a pier
   which by its strength and stability resists the thrust of
   an arch.

{Pier glass}, a mirror, of high and narrow shape, to be put
   up between windows.

{Pier table}, a table made to stand between windows.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing or dreaming that you are on a pier, represents self-reflection and an introspect into your unconscious. You are ready to explore and grow as an individual. The dream signal emotional and spiritual growth.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Vertical support of a structure standing in a stream or other body of water; used in a general sense to include bents or abutments.
Thesaurus Terms
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