- a structure built on posts extending from land out over water, used as a landing place for ships, an entertainment area, a strolling place, etc.; jetty.
- (in a bridge or the like) a support for the ends of adjacent spans.
- a square pillar.
- a portion of wall between doors, windows, etc.
- a pillar or post on which a gate or door is hung.
- a support of masonry, steel, or the like for sustaining vertical pressure.
- a long passageway or corridor that extends from a central area of a building, especially one at an airport that leads to boarding gates.
Origin of pier
Examples from the Web for pier
Standing on the pier was a crowd of tearful fans, dressed in their best flapper frocks.Tallulah Bankhead: Gay, Drunk and Liberated in an Era of Excess Art
January 25, 2014
The river smelled faintly briny as waves brushed up against the pier.The Marine and His Cousin the Firefighter
Maurice Emerson Decaul
September 11, 2013
But to do that, you would probably not put a roller coaster on the end of a pier.Leave Seaside’s Roller Coaster in the Ocean as a Symbol of Sandy’s Craziness
December 1, 2012
Nearby, at the Beard Street Warehouses, Pier Glass was nearly washed away.Red Hook Still Crying Out for Relief in Sandy’s Wake
November 6, 2012
Many lawyers think that Pier Luigi Foschi, the CEO of Costa Cruiseline, should also be investigated.Costa Concordia Inquiry Begins: Transcripts and Reports From the Scene
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 3, 2012
Hope came down on the pier to Malbone, who was looking at the boats.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
On the south side of the pier a man had just tied up a motor-boat.Within the Law
Seeing a pier jutting out, he heedlessly followed it to the very end.Quaint Courtships
The pier is all but on the bowsprit, and you think you are there—roll, roar, wash!The Uncommercial Traveller
Now we were moving in close to the pier, with a whole fleet of tugs around us.The Harbor
- a structure with a deck that is built out over water, and used as a landing place, promenade, etc
- a pillar that bears heavy loads, esp one of rectangular cross section
- the part of a wall between two adjacent openings
- another name for buttress (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for pier
mid-12c., "support of a span of a bridge," from Medieval Latin pera, of unknown origin, perhaps from Old North French pire "a breakwater," from Vulgar Latin *petricus, from Latin petra "rock" (see petrous), but OED is against this. Meaning "solid structure in a harbor, used as a landing place for vessels," is attested from mid-15c.