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 for Abutment pier
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pier \Pier\, n. [OE. pere, OF. piere a stone, F. pierre, fr. L.
     petra, Gr. ?. Cf. Petrify.]
     1. (Arch.)
        (a) Any detached mass of masonry, whether insulated or
            supporting one side of an arch or lintel, as of a
            bridge; the piece of wall between two openings.
        (b) Any additional or auxiliary mass of masonry used to
            stiffen a wall. See Buttress.
            [1913 Webster]
     2. A projecting wharf or landing place.
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     Abutment pier, the pier of a bridge next the shore; a pier
        which by its strength and stability resists the thrust of
        an arch.
     Pier glass, a mirror, of high and narrow shape, to be put
        up between windows.
     Pier table, a table made to stand between windows.
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