- 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
Related Words for pierspromenade, dock, wharf, jetty, dam, berth, quay, buttress, column, pillar, landing, pile, levee, slip, upright, post, mole, pilaster
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Contemporary Examples of piers
On December 18, Kerri and her brother, Mike, told Piers Morgan on CNN about their grievances with their stepmother.Casey Kasem's Family's Top 40 Meltdown Moments
June 3, 2014
“About six corporations control 90 per cent of what Americans see,” Martin fulminated earlier this week on Piers Morgan.Watch RT, Putin's TV Network, Call the Cops on Me
March 7, 2014
Here are some of the simple ways I helped, which could have easily helped Piers Morgan.Piers Morgan’s Comeback Strategy
February 27, 2014
Brooks replied, according to Sitham: “Been hacking into my phone again have you, Piers?”
Piers Morgan was, at the time, editing the rival tabloid, the Daily Mirror.
Historical Examples of piers
The North River piers with their rich life had been like a show room.
For the tug belonged to a row of piers about a mile to the southward.
It is expected, of course, that the latter will be willing to be tried by their Piers.
The walls, vaults, and piers in other parts of the arcades are Turkish.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
Alexander Van Millingen
It was still possible from the piers to identify the teams and the men aboard them.Mayflower (Flor de mayo)
Vicente Blasco Ibez
- 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 for pier
common Old French form of masc. proper name Peter (q.v.).
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.