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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pillar \Pil"lar\, adjective (Mach.) Having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs; as, a pillar drill.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pillar \Pil"lar\, noun [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 ornament.

Jacob set a pillar upon her grave. --Gen. xxxv. 20.

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. [Colloq.]

{Pillar saint}. See {Stylite}.

{Pillars of the fauces}. See {Fauces}, 1.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

pillar

noun

1: a fundamental principle or practice; "science eroded the pillars of superstition"

2: anything that approximates 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" [syn: {column}, {tower}, {pillar}]

3: a prominent supporter; "he is a pillar of the community" [syn: {pillar}, {mainstay}]

4: a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument) [syn: {column}, {pillar}]

5: (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure [syn: {column}, {pillar}]


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