pil·lar /ˈpɪlɚ/ 名詞
Pil·lar, a. Mach. Having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs; as, a pillar drill.
1. 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.
Jacob set a pillar upon her grave. --Gen. xxxv. 20.
The place . . . vast and proud,
Supported by a hundred pillars stood. --Dryden.
2. 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. “You are a well-deserving pillar.”
By day a cloud, by night a pillar of fire. --Milton.
3. R. C. Ch. A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church. [Obs.]
4. Man. The center of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns.
From pillar to post, hither and thither; to and fro; from one place or predicament to another; backward and forward. [Colloq.]
Pillar saint. See Stylite.
Pillars of the fauces. See Fauces, 1.
n 1: a fundamental principle or practice; "science eroded the
pillars of superstition"
2: 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" [syn: column, tower]
3: a prominent supporter; "he is a pillar of the community"
4: a vertical structure standing alone and not supporting
anything (as a monument or a column of air) [syn: column]
5: (architeture) a tall cylindrical vertical upright and used
to support a structure [syn: column]
used to support a building (Judg. 16:26, 29); as a trophy or
memorial (Gen. 28:18; 35:20; Ex. 24:4; 1 Sam. 15:12, A.V.,
"place," more correctly "monument," or "trophy of victory," as
in 2 Sam. 18:18); of fire, by which the Divine Presence was
manifested (Ex. 13:2). The "plain of the pillar" in Judg. 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).