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pillar

pil·lar

pillar

 
pronunciation:
pI lr
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a tall, often cylindrical shaft used to support a structure or to serve as a decoration or monument; column.
 
synonyms:
column
similar words:
atlas, caryatid, peristyle, pier, pilaster, pole, post, pylon, shaft, stanchion
definition 2: something that resembles such a shaft in shape or function.
a pillar of sand
definition 3: a prominent and important supporter or official, as in a government.
a pillar of society
synonyms:
backbone, mainstay, rock
similar words:
foundation
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: pillared, pillaring, pillars
definition: to furnish or support with or as if with a pillar or pillars.
similar words:
brace, buttress, prop, reinforce, shore, support, truss
derivations: pillared (adj.), pillarlike (adj.)