Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of PILLAR

Pronunciation:  'pilur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a tall cylindrical vertical upright
  2. [n]  a vertical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (as a monument or a column of air)
  3. [n]  a fundamental principle or practice; "science eroded the pillars of superstition"
  4. [n]  a prominent supporter; "he is a pillar of the community"
  5. [n]  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"

PILLAR is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: column, column, mainstay, tower
 See Also: admirer, atlas, booster, cap, capital, caryatid, champion, chapiter, construction, footstall, form, friend, newel, obelisk, pedestal, pilaster, pile, piling, plinth, principle, protagonist, rule, shaft, shape, spile, stilt, structure, support column, supporter, telamon, temple, totem pole, upright, vertical



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pil"lar\, n. [OE. pilerF. pilier, LL. pilare, pilarium,
    pilarius, fr. L. pila a pillar. See {Pile} a heap.]
    1. 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
             Jacob set a pillar upon her grave.    --Gen. xxxv.
             The place . . . vast and proud, Supported by a
             hundred pillars stood.                --Dryden.
    2. 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. ``You
       are a well-deserving pillar.'' --Shak.
             By day a cloud, by night a pillar of fire. --Milton.
    3. (R. C. Ch.) A portable ornamental column, formerly carried
       before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the
       church. [Obs.] --Skelton.
    4. (Man.) The center of the volta, ring, or manege ground,
       around which a horse turns.
    {From pillar to post}, hither and thither; to and fro; from
       one place or predicament to another; backward and forward.
    {Pillar saint}. See {Stylite}.
    {Pillars of the fauces}. See {Fauces}, 1.
  2. \Pil"lar\, a. (Mach.)
    Having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs;
    as, a pillar drill.
Easton Bible Dictionary

used to support a building (Judg. 16:26, 29); as a trophy or memorial (Gen. 28:18; 35:20; Ex. 24:4; 1 Sam. 15:12, A.V., "place," more correctly "monument," or "trophy of victory," as in 2 Sam. 18:18); of fire, by which the Divine Presence was manifested (Ex. 13:2). The "plain of the pillar" in Judg. 9:6 ought to be, as in the Revised Version, the "oak of the pillar", i.e., of the monument or stone set up by Joshua (24:26).

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: antenna tower, arcade, arch, atlas, backbone, baluster, balustrade, banister, barbican, barrel, barrow, base, bedrock, belfry, bell tower, bole, boundary stone, brass, bust, cairn, campanile, caryatid, cask, cenotaph, champion, colonnade, colonnette, colossus, column, cromlech, cross, cup, cupola, cyclolith, cylinder, cylindroid, dado, defender, derrick, die, dolmen, dome, drum, fire tower, footstalk, footstone, foundation, grave, gravestone, headstone, hoarstone, inscription, jack, lantern, leader, lighthouse, mainstay, marker, martello, martello tower, mast, mausoleum, megalith, memento, memorial, memorial arch, memorial column, memorial statue, memorial stone, menhir, minaret, monolith, monument, mound, necrology, newel-post, obelisk, obituary, observation tower, pagoda, patron, patroness, pedestal, pedicel, peduncle, peristyle, pier, pilaster, pile, piling, pinnacle, pipe, plaque, plinth, pole, portico, post, prize, prop, protector, protectress, pylon, pyramid, queen-post, reliquary, remembrance, ribbon, rock, roll, roller, rostral column, rouleau, safekeeper, shaft, shrine, sinews, skyscraper, socle, spire, staff, stalk, stanchion, stand, standard, standpipe, steeple, stela, stem, stone, stupa, subbase, supporter, surbase, tablet, telamon, television mast, testimonial, tomb, tombstone, tope, tour, tower, tower of strength, trophy, trunk, tube, turret, upholder, upright, water tower, windmill tower, worthy