pillar

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Beinecke library pillar
Pelham's pillar
Roman pillar ruin

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From Middle English, from Old French pilier , from Medieval Latin pilare (a pillar), from Latin pila (a pillar, pier, mole).

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pillar (plural pillars)

  1. A large post, often used as supporting architecture.
  2. Something resembling such a structure.
    a pillar of smoke
  3. An essential part of something that provides support.
    He's a pillar of the community.
  4. (Roman Catholic) A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Skelton to this entry?)
  5. The centre of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns.

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pillar (third-person singular simple present pillars, present participle pillaring, simple past and past participle pillared)

  1. To provide with pillars or added strength as if from pillars.
    • 1910, James Morgan, Blast furnace practice:
      Insufficient penetration, or faulty distribution of the blast, may give rise to "pillaring" — that is, the formation of a pillar or column of cold material extending up through the middle of the hearth
    • 1996, National Academy of Engineering, First annual Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering, page 25:
      We discovered this new class of compounds in our search for a means of generating porosity by pillaring layered double hydroxides
    • 1998, Functional and smart materials, page 226:
      In the pillaring-grafting reaction the dimensionality increases by pillaring the organic or precursory polynuclear metal hydroxyl cations into an inorganic layer structured matrix.
    • 2004, Scott M. Auerbach; Kathleen A. Carrado, Prabir K. Dutta, Handbook of layered materials, page 261:
      It was then that scientists started to create porosity in the interlayer space of layered clays. developing the first pillared clays with pores in the larger microporous region.

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pillar m (plural pillares)

  1. Obsolete spelling of pilar.

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pillar (first-person singular present pillo, first-person singular preterite pillé, past participle pillado)

  1. to catch, get
  2. to pilfer, steal
  3. (colloquial) to get (a joke)
  4. (colloquial) to catch, catch up to
  5. (colloquial) to catch (someone doing something illegal)
  6. (colloquial) to come down with, catch (an illness)

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pillar

  1. present tense of pilla.