Pillar

Definition of Pillar

Pil´lar
n.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.
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.
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.
Pillar saint
See Stylite.
Pillars of the fauces
See Fauces, 1.
a.1.(Mach.) Having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs; as, a pillar drill.

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