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  1. anything tall and thin approximating the shape of a column or tower; "the test tube held a column of white powder"; "a tower of dust rose above the horizon"; "a thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a tall cylindrical vertical upright Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a vertical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (as a monument or a column of air) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a prominent supporter; "he is a pillar of the community" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a fundamental principle or practice; "science eroded the pillars of superstition" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (architeture) a tall cylindrical vertical upright and used to support a structure Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. The general and popular term for a firm, upright, insulated support for a superstructure; a pier, column, or post; also, a column or shaft not supporting a superstructure, as one erected for a monument or an ornament. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Figuratively, that which resembles such a pillar in appearance, character, or office; a supporter or mainstay; as, the Pillars of Hercules; a pillar of the state. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The center of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs; as, a pillar drill. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A column to support a structure or to serve as a monument; any firm, slender, upright support. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. A long body sustaining a part. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  14. (arch.) A detached support, differing from a column in that it is not necessarily cylindrical, or of classical proportions: anything that sustains. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. A column; support. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. A firm, up right support; column. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. A detached column for support, of any shape; a supporter; a monument; something resembling a pillar; foundation or support. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. A column of any shape to support; anything that sustains or upholds; a foundation; a support. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. The notion of a pillar is of a shaft or isolated pile either supporting or not supporting a roof. But perhaps the earliest application of the pillar was the votive or monumental, This in early times consisted of nothing but a single stone or pile of stones. ( Genesis 28:18 ; 31:40 ) etc. The stone Ezel, ( 1 Samuel 20:19 ) was probably a terminal stone or a way-mark. The "place" set up by Saul ( 1 Samuel 15:12 ) is explained by St, Jerome to be a trophy. So also Jacob set up a pillar over Rachels grave. ( Genesis 36:20 ) The monolithic tombs and obelisks of Petra are instances of similar usage. Lastly, the figurative use of the term "pillar," in reference to the cloud and fire accompanying the Israelites on their march or as in ( Solomon 3:6 ) and Reve 10:1 is plainly derived from the notion of an isolated column not supporting a roof. biblestudytools.com
  20. used to support a building ( Judges 16:26 Judges 16:29 ); as a trophy or memorial ( Genesis 28:18 ; 35:20 ; Exodus 24:4 ; 1 Samuel 15:12 , A.V., "place," more correctly "monument," or "trophy of victory," as in 2 Samuel 18:18 ); of fire, by which the Divine Presence was manifested ( Exodus 13:2 ). The "plain of the pillar" in Judges 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 ). biblestudytools.com
  21. pil'ar, n. (archit.) a detached support, differing from a column in that it is not necessarily cylindrical, or of classical proportions: one who, or anything that, sustains: something resembling a pillar in appearance.--adj. PILL'ARED, supported by a pillar: having the form of a pillar.--ns. PILL'AR-BOX, a short pillar in a street with receptacle for letters to be sent by post; PILL'ARIST, PILL'AR-SAINT, a person in the early church who crucified the flesh by living on the summit of pillars in the open air, a stylite.--FROM PILLAR TO POST, from one state of difficulty to another: hither and thither. [O. Fr. piler (Fr. pilier)--Low L. pilare--L. p[=i]la, a pillar.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  22. A name given to several parts; as the pillars of the velum palati, diaphragm, &c. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  23. Vertical structure of stone, wood, metal, &c., slender in proportion to height, used as support or ornament; post, pedestal; (fig.) person who is a main supporter, as a p. of the faith; upright mass of air, water, &c.; (Mining) solid mass of coal &c. left to support roof of the working; driven from p. to post (to& fro, from one resource to another); p. -box, hollow p. about 5 ft high in which letters may be posted; (v.t.) support (as) with pp. Hence pillaret n. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  24. A supporting structure. American pocket medical dictionary.
  25. A column or upright support;also a structure resembling a column. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  26. n. [French, Latin] A pier or column to support an arch, a roof, a statue, or the like; a prop; a support;—that on which any thing rests; foundation; basis;—hence, a supporter; one who upholds or maintains;—a monument raised to commemorate some event, person, &c. Cabinet Dictionary

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