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Definitions of pier

  1. Any detached mass of masonry, whether insulated or supporting one side of an arch or lintel, as of a bridge; the piece of wall between two openings. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Any additional or auxiliary mass of masonry used to stiffen a wall. See Buttress. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A projecting wharf or landing place. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A mass of masonry supporting an arch, bridge, etc.; any other such support, as of iron or timbers, of a bridge or other building; a projecting part of a wall, such as a buttress; a mole, wharf, or dock for vessels; a landing place. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Mass of stone-work supporting an arch, &c.; quay. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. A mass of masonry serving as a support; projecting portion of a wall; a projecting wharf. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A mass of solid stone work for supporting an arch, the timbers of a bridge, or other building; a projecting wharf or landing-place; a jetty or mole projecting into the sea. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. The mass of stone or wood work carried out into the sea, serving as an embankment for the protection of vessels, or as a landing-place; a wharf or landing projecting into a river; the solid stone-work that supports an arch of a bridge or other building; the solid parts between doors or windows, &c. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for pier

  1. " No, he is not," said she, " but he saved my life at the end of Ramsgate pier and ever since then I have lived with his mother." – The Lifeboat by R.M. Ballantyne
  2. A few minutes brought them to the pier at the end of which the Julia Ann lay. – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
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