- The definition of a pier is a heavy structure usually built over water.
An example of a pier is a dock for tying up boats.
A pier at sunset.
pier definition by Webster's New World
- a heavy structure supporting the spans of a bridge, esp., as distinguished from an abutment, one supporting the adjacent ends of two center spans of a long bridge
- a structure built out over the water and supported by pillars or piles: used as a landing place, pleasure pavilion, etc.
- a heavy column, usually square, used to support weight, as at the end of an arch
- the part of a wall between windows or other openings
- a reinforcing part built out from the surface of a wall
Origin: Middle English per ; from Midieval Latin pera, ultimately ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps or akin to Classical Latin petra, stone ; from Classical Greek rock
pier definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. 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.b. Such a structure used predominantly for entertainment.
- A supporting structure at the junction of connecting spans of a bridge.
- Architecture Any of various vertical supporting structures, especially:a. A pillar, generally rectangular in cross section, supporting an arch or roof.b. The portion of a wall between windows, doors, or other openings.c. A reinforcing structure that projects from a wall; a buttress.
Origin: 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; see per-2 in Indo-European roots).