pillar

pillar
[[t]pɪ̱lə(r)[/t]]
pillars
1) N-COUNT A pillar is a tall solid structure, which is usually used to support part of a building.

...the pillars supporting the roof.

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2) N-COUNT: usu N of n If something is the pillar of a system or agreement, it is the most important part of it or what makes it strong and successful.

The pillar of her economic policy was keeping tight control over money supply.

...the last pillar of apartheid.

3) N-COUNT: N of n (approval) If you describe someone as a pillar of society or as a pillar of the community, you approve of them because they play an important and active part in society or in the community.

My father had been a pillar of the community.

...well-respected pillars of society.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • pillar — [pil′ər] n. [ME piler < OFr < VL * pilare < L pila, column] 1. a long, slender, vertical structure used to support a superstructure; column 2. such a column standing alone as a monument 3. anything like a pillar in form or function, as a …   English World dictionary

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