Pier meaning

pîr
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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.

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Any of various vertical supporting structures, especially:
  • A pillar, generally rectangular in cross section, supporting an arch or roof.
  • The portion of a wall between windows, doors, or other openings.
  • A reinforcing structure that projects from a wall; a buttress.
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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.
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A structure built out over the water and supported by pillars or piles: used as a landing place, pleasure pavilion, etc.
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A raised platform built from the shore out over water, supported on piles; used to secure, or provide access to shipping; a jetty.
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A similar structure, especially at a seaside resort, used to provide entertainment.
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(US, nautical) A structure that projects tangentially from the shoreline to accommodate ships; often double-sided.
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A structure supporting the junction between two spans of a bridge.
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(architecture) A rectangular pillar, or similar structure, that supports an arch, wall or roof.
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A supporting structure at the junction of connecting spans of a bridge.
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Origin of pier

  • 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 podium) and partly from Medieval Latin pera (from Old North French pire, piere breakwater) (possibly from Latin petra rock) (from Greek petrā per-2 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin pera, from Old Norman pira (“breakwater"), from Vulgar Latin *petricus, from Latin petra.

    From Wiktionary