Pylon



[pahy-lon] /ˈpaɪ lɒn/

noun
1.
a marking post or tower for guiding aviators, frequently used in races.
2.
a relatively tall structure at the side of a gate, bridge, or avenue, marking an entrance or approach.
3.
a monumental tower forming the entrance to an ancient Egyptian temple, consisting either of a pair of tall quadrilateral masonry masses with sloping sides and a doorway between them or of one such mass pierced with a doorway.
4.
a steel tower or mast carrying high-tension lines, telephone wires, or other cables and lines.
5.
Aeronautics. a finlike device used to attach engines, auxiliary fuel tanks, bombs, etc., to an aircraft wing or fuselage.
/ˈpaɪlən/
noun
1.
a large vertical steel tower-like structure supporting high-tension electrical cables
2.
a post or tower for guiding pilots or marking a turning point in a race
3.
a streamlined aircraft structure for attaching an engine pod, external fuel tank, etc, to the main body of the aircraft
4.
a monumental gateway, such as one at the entrance to an ancient Egyptian temple
5.
a temporary artificial leg
n.

1823, “gateway to an Egyptian temple,” from Greek pylon “gateway,” from pyle “gate, wing of a pair of double gates; an entrance, entrance into a country; mountain pass; narrow strait of water,” of unknown origin. Meaning “tower for guiding aviators” (1909) led to that of “steel tower for high-tension wires” (1923).

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