1. Arch. (a) 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. (b) Any additional or auxiliary mass of masonry used to stiffen a wall. See Buttress.
2. A projecting wharf or landing place.
Abutment pier, the pier of a bridge next the shore; a pier which by its strength and stability resists the thrust of an arch.
Pier glass, a mirror, of high and narrow shape, to be put up between windows.
Pier table, a table made to stand between windows.
n 1: a platform built out from the shore into the water and
supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
[syn: wharf, wharfage, dock]
2: (architecture) a vertical supporting structure (as a portion
of wall between two doors or windows)
3: a support for two adjacent bridge spans