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PIL'LAR, n. [L. pila, a pile, a pillar, a mortar and pestle. The L. pila denotes a heap, or things thrown, put or driven together.]

Literally, a pile or heap; hence,

1. A kind or irregular column round an insulate, but deviating from the proportions of a just column. Pillars are either too massive or too slender for regular architecture; they are not restricted to any rules, and their parts and proportions are arbitrary. A square pillar is a massive work, called also a pier or piedroit, serving to support arches. &c.

2. A supporter; that which sustains or upholds; that on which some superstructure rests. Gal.2.

3. A monument raised to commemorate any person or remarkable transaction.

And Jacob set a pillar on her grave. Gen.35. 2 Sam.18.

4. Something resembling a pillar; as a pillar of salt. Gen.19.

So a pillar of a cloud, a pillar of fire. Ex.13.

5. Foundation; support. Job.9.

6. In ships, a square or round timber fixed perpendicularly under the middle of the beams for supporting the decks.

7. In the manege, the center of the volta, ring or manege ground, around which a horse turns. There are also pillars on the circumference or side, placed at certain distances by two and two.



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PIL'LAR, n. [L. pila, a pile, a pillar, a mortar and pestle. The L. pila denotes a heap, or things thrown, put or driven together.]

Literally, a pile or heap; hence,

1. A kind or irregular column round an insulate, but deviating from the proportions of a just column. Pillars are either too massive or too slender for regular architecture; they are not restricted to any rules, and their parts and proportions are arbitrary. A square pillar is a massive work, called also a pier or piedroit, serving to support arches. &c.

2. A supporter; that which sustains or upholds; that on which some superstructure rests. Gal.2.

3. A monument raised to commemorate any person or remarkable transaction.

And Jacob set a pillar on her grave. Gen.35. 2 Sam.18.

4. Something resembling a pillar; as a pillar of salt. Gen.19.

So a pillar of a cloud, a pillar of fire. Ex.13.

5. Foundation; support. Job.9.

6. In ships, a square or round timber fixed perpendicularly under the middle of the beams for supporting the decks.

7. In the manege, the center of the volta, ring or manege ground, around which a horse turns. There are also pillars on the circumference or side, placed at certain distances by two and two.

PIL'LAR, n. [Fr. pilier; Sp. and Port. pilar; It. pila or piliere; L. pila, a pile, a pillar, a mortar and pestle. The L. pila denotes a heap, or things thrown, put or driven together; W. piler; Ir. pileir; Sw. pelare; Dan. pille; D. pylaar; G. pfeiler. Literally, a pile or heap; hence,]

  1. A kind of irregular column round and insulate, but deviating from the proportions of a just column. Pillars are either too massive or too slender for regular architecture; they are not restricted to any rules, and their parts and proportions are arbitrary. A square pillar is a massive work, called also a pier or piedroit, serving to support arches, &c. – Cyc.
  2. A supporter; that which sustains or upholds; that on which some superstructure rests. – Gal. ii. Shak.
  3. A monument raised to commemorate any person or remarkable transaction; it may be a single stone. And Jacob set a pillar on her grave. – Gen. xxxv. 2 Sam. xviii.
  4. Something resembling a pillar; as, a pillar of salt. – Gen. xix. So a pillar of cloud, a pillar of fire. – Exod. xiii.
  5. Foundation; support. – Job ix.
  6. In ships, a square or round timber fixed perpendicularly under the middle of the beams for supporting the decks. – Cyc.
  7. In the manege, the center of the volta, ring or manege ground, around which a horse turns. There are also pillars on the circumference or side, placed at certain distances by two and two.

Pil"lar
  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. Having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs; as, a pillar drill.
  3. 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." Shak.

    By day a cloud, by night a pillar of fire. Milton.

  4. A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church.

    [Obs.] Skelton.
  5. 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.

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Pillar

PIL'LAR, noun [Latin pila, a pile, a pillar a mortar and pestle. The Latin pila denotes a heap, or things thrown, put or driven together.]

Literally, a pile or heap; hence,

1. A kind or irregular column round an insulate, but deviating from the proportions of a just column. Pillars are either too massive or too slender for regular architecture; they are not restricted to any rules, and their parts and proportions are arbitrary. A square pillar is a massive work, called also a pier or piedroit, serving to support arches. etc.

2. A supporter; that which sustains or upholds; that on which some superstructure rests. Galatians 2:9.

3. A monument raised to commemorate any person or remarkable transaction.

And Jacob set a pillar on her grave. Genesis 35:14. 2 Samuel 18:18.

4. Something resembling a pillar; as a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26.

So a pillar of a cloud, a pillar of fire. Exodus 13:21.

5. Foundation; support. Job 9:6.

6. In ships, a square or round timber fixed perpendicularly under the middle of the beams for supporting the decks.

7. In the manege, the center of the volta, ring or manege ground, around which a horse turns. There are also pillars on the circumference or side, placed at certain distances by two and two.

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