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[pil-er] /ˈpɪl ər/

an upright shaft or structure, of stone, brick, or other material, relatively slender in proportion to its height, and of any shape in section, used as a building support, or standing alone, as for a monument:
Gothic pillars; a pillar to commemorate Columbus.
a natural formation resembling such a construction:
a pillar of rock; a pillar of smoke.
any upright, supporting part; post:
the pillar of a table.
a person who is a chief supporter of a society, state, institution, etc.:
a pillar of the community.
Horology. any of several short parts for spacing and keeping in the proper relative positions two plates holding the bearings of a watch or clock movement.
Mining. an isolated mass of rock or ore in a mine, usually serving as a roof support in early operations and later removed, wholly or in part.
Nautical. 1 (def 2).
verb (used with object)
to provide or support with pillars.
from pillar to post,

an upright structure of stone, brick, metal, etc, that supports a superstructure or is used for ornamentation
something resembling this in shape or function: a pillar of stones, a pillar of smoke
a tall, slender, usually sheer rock column, forming a separate top
a prominent supporter: a pillar of the Church
from pillar to post, from one place to another
(transitive) to support with or as if with pillars

c.1200, from Old French piler “pillar, column, pier” (12c., Modern French pilier) and directly from Medieval Latin pilare, from Latin pila “pillar, stone barrier.” Figurative sense of “prop or support of an institution or community” is first recorded early 14c. Phrase pillar to post is c.1600, originally of tennis, exact meaning obscure.

pillar pil·lar (pĭl’ər)
A structure or part that provides support and resembles a column or pillar.

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).


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