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PILLAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pillar mean? 

PILLAR (noun)
  The noun PILLAR has 5 senses:

1. a fundamental principle or practice
2. anything tall and relatively thin that approximates the shape of a column or tower
3. a prominent supporter
4. a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)
5. (architeture) a tall cylindrical vertical upright and used to support a structure

  Familiarity information: PILLAR used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PILLAR (noun)


Sense 1pillar [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A fundamental principle or practice

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

science eroded the pillars of superstition

Hypernyms ("pillar" is a kind of...):

principle; rule (a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pillar"):

pillar of Islam ((Islam) one of the five religious obligations accepted by all Muslims)


Sense 2pillar [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Anything tall and relatively thin that approximates the shape of a column or tower

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

pillar; tower; column

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("pillar" is a kind of...):

form; shape (the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pillar"):

columella (a small column (or structure resembling a column) that is a part of a plant or animal)

hoodoo ((geology) a column of weathered and unusually shaped rock)


Sense 3pillar [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A prominent supporter

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

mainstay; pillar

Context example:

he is a pillar of the community

Hypernyms ("pillar" is a kind of...):

admirer; booster; champion; friend; protagonist; supporter (a person who backs a politician or a team etc.)


Sense 4pillar [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

pillar; column

Hypernyms ("pillar" is a kind of...):

construction; structure (a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pillar"):

obelisk (a stone pillar having a rectangular cross section tapering towards a pyramidal top)

totem pole (a tribal emblem consisting of a pillar carved and painted with totemic figures; erected by Indian tribes of the northwest Pacific coast)


Sense 5pillar [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(architeture) a tall cylindrical vertical upright and used to support a structure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

pillar; column

Hypernyms ("pillar" is a kind of...):

upright; vertical (a vertical structural member as a post or stake)

Meronyms (parts of "pillar"):

cap; capital; chapiter (the upper part of a column that supports the entablature)

entasis (a slight convexity in the shaft of a column; compensates for the illusion of concavity that viewers experience when the sides are perfectly straight)

scape; shaft ((architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column)

footstall; pedestal; plinth (an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue))

Domain category:

architecture (the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pillar"):

atlas; telamon (a figure of a man used as a supporting column)

caryatid (a supporting column carved in the shape of a person)

newel (the central pillar of a circular staircase)

pilaster (a rectangular column that usually projects about a third of its width from the wall to which it is attached)

pile; piling; spile; stilt (a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure)

support column (a column that supports a heavy weight)

Holonyms ("pillar" is a part of...):

temple (an edifice devoted to special or exalted purposes)


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