from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A platform extending from a shore over water and supported by piles or pillars, used to secure, protect, and provide access to ships or boats.
- n. Such a structure used predominantly for entertainment.
- n. A supporting structure at the junction of connecting spans of a bridge.
- n. Architecture Any of various vertical supporting structures, especially:
- n. Architecture A pillar, generally rectangular in cross section, supporting an arch or roof.
- n. Architecture The portion of a wall between windows, doors, or other openings.
- n. Architecture A reinforcing structure that projects from a wall; a buttress.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A raised platform built from the shore out over water, supported on piles; used to secure, or provide access to shipping; a jetty.
- n. A similar structure, especially at a seaside resort, used to provide entertainment.
- n. A structure that projects tangentially from the shoreline to accommodate ships; often double-sided.
- n. A structure supporting the junction between two spans of a bridge.
- n. A rectangular pillar, or similar structure, that supports an arch, wall or roof.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Any additional or auxiliary mass of masonry used to stiffen a wall. See buttress.
- n. A projecting wharf or landing place.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mole or jetty carried out into the sea, to serve as an embankment to protect vessels from the open sea, to form a harbor, etc.
- n. A projecting quay, wharf, or other landing-place.
- n. One of the supports of the spans of a bridge, or any structure of similar character.
- n. In architecture or building:
- n. The solid support from which an arch springs. See first cut under arch.
- n. In medieval architecture, a large pillar or shaft; specifically, a compound or a square pillar.
- n. One of the solid parts between openings in a wall, such as doors and windows.
- n. The wall or post, of square or other form, to which a gate or door is hung.
- n. In a physical laboratory or observatory, a structure, generally of masonry, designed by its stability to prevent vibration in instruments which are supported by it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (architecture) a vertical supporting structure (as a portion of wall between two doors or windows)
- n. a support for two adjacent bridge spans
- n. a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
Middle English per, bridge support, partly from Norman French pere, piere (from Old French puiere, a support, from puie, from puier, to support, from Vulgar Latin *podiāre, from Latin podium, platform; see podium) and partly from Medieval Latin pera (from Old North French pire, piere, breakwater, possibly from Latin petra, rock, from Greek petrā).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)