pylon

[ pahy-lon ]
/ ˈpaɪ lɒn /

noun

a marking post or tower for guiding aviators, frequently used in races.
a relatively tall structure at the side of a gate, bridge, or avenue, marking an entrance or approach.
a monumental tower forming the entrance to an ancient Egyptian temple, consisting either of a pair of tall quadrilateral masonry masses with sloping sides and a doorway between them or of one such mass pierced with a doorway.
a steel tower or mast carrying high-tension lines, telephone wires, or other cables and lines.
Aeronautics. a finlike device used to attach engines, auxiliary fuel tanks, bombs, etc., to an aircraft wing or fuselage.

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Origin of pylon

First recorded in 1840–50, pylon is from the Greek word pylṓn gateway, gate tower
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British Dictionary definitions for pylon

pylon
/ (ˈpaɪlən) /

noun

a large vertical steel tower-like structure supporting high-tension electrical cables
a post or tower for guiding pilots or marking a turning point in a race
a streamlined aircraft structure for attaching an engine pod, external fuel tank, etc, to the main body of the aircraft
a monumental gateway, such as one at the entrance to an ancient Egyptian temple
a temporary artificial leg

Word Origin for pylon

C19: from Greek pulōn a gateway
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