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pier

[ peer ]

noun

  1. 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.
  2. (in a bridge or the like) a support for the ends of adjacent spans.
  3. a square pillar.
  4. a portion of wall between doors, windows, etc.
  5. a pillar or post on which a gate or door is hung.
  6. a support of masonry, steel, or the like for sustaining vertical pressure.
  7. a long passageway or corridor that extends from a central area of a building, especially one at an airport that leads to boarding gates.


pier

/ pɪə /

noun

  1. a structure with a deck that is built out over water, and used as a landing place, promenade, etc
  2. a pillar that bears heavy loads, esp one of rectangular cross section
  3. the part of a wall between two adjacent openings
  4. another name for buttress


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Other Words From

  • under·pier noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pier1

before 1150; Middle English pere, earlier (perhaps late Old English ) per < Anglo-Latin pera, pēra pier of a bridge

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pier1

C12 per, from Anglo-Latin pera pier supporting a bridge

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Example Sentences

We leaned over the fishing pier and let the silence wrap around us.

It isn’t just because the refinery relies on dredging, which is partially taxpayer funded, for sugar ships to reach its piers.

The first will be to design the international pier extending out into the Pacific Ocean.

A submariner’s true comfort zone is beneath the waves so as soon as we broke ties with the pier we navigated toward water that was deep enough for us to dive.

Along the Pacific Coast, pier fishermen regularly catch them using live bait and hooks and lift or umbrella nets.

The designer's body was recovered near Pier 59 in Chelsea in the water alongside his docked yacht.

Standing on the pier was a crowd of tearful fans, dressed in their best flapper frocks.

The river smelled faintly briny as waves brushed up against the pier.

But to do that, you would probably not put a roller coaster on the end of a pier.

Nearby, at the Beard Street Warehouses, Pier Glass was nearly washed away.

Five hundred of our fighting men are running to and fro between cliffs and sea carrying stones wherewith to improve our pier.

At the pier at "W" were several big lighters filled with wounded who were about to be towed out to Hospital ships.

Gwynne turned with a start and found that Isabel had run her launch up to a little pier.

It also authorised the construction and maintenance, as p. 150part of such railways, of any pier, quay or jetty.

The water-edge is faced with a handsome granite pier and steps, the blocks of which are bolted with copper.

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