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Definitions of pier

  1. a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (architecture) a vertical supporting structure (as a portion of wall between two doors or windows) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a support for two adjacent bridge spans Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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
  5. Any additional or auxiliary mass of masonry used to stiffen a wall. See Buttress. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A projecting wharf or landing place. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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.
  8. The mass of stone-work between the openings of a building, also that supporting an arch, bridge, etc.: a mass of stone or wood-work projecting into the sea: a wharf. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Mass of stone-work supporting an arch, &c.; quay. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. A structure extending from the solid land out Into the water of a river, lake, harbor, etc., to afford convenient passage for persons and property to and from vessels along the sides of the pier. Seabright v. Allgor, 69 N. J. Law, 641. 56 Atl. 287. thelawdictionary.org
  14. p[=e]r, n. the mass of stone-work between the openings in the wall of a building: an arch, bridge, &c.: a stone pillar on which the hinges of a gate are fixed: a mass of stone or wood-work projecting into the sea for landing purposes: a wharf.--ns. PIER'AGE, toll paid for using a pier; PIER'-GLASS, a mirror hung in the space between windows; PIER'-T[=A]'BLE, a table fitted for the space between two windows. [O. Fr. pierre, a stone--L. petra--Gr. petra, a rock.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  15. Breakwater, mole; structure of iron or wood open below running out into sea& used as promenade& landing-stage, whence pierage (4) n.; support of spans of bridge; pillar; solid masonry between windows &c.; p.-glass, large mirror orig. used to fill up this. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  16. n. [French, Latin, Greek] A mass of solid stone work for supporting an arch or the timbers of a bridge, &c.;—a part of the wall of a house between the windows or doors;—a mass of stone-work projecting into the sea, for breaking the force of the waves;—a projecting wharf or landing place. Cabinet Dictionary

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