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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.]
(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.
2. A projecting wharf or landing place.
Abutment pier, the pier of a bridge next the shore; a pier
which by its strength and stability resists the thrust of
Pier glass, a mirror, of high and narrow shape, to be put
up between windows.
Pier table, a table made to stand between windows.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a platform built out from the shore into the water and
supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
[syn: pier, wharf, wharfage, dock]
2: (architecture) a vertical supporting structure (as a portion
of wall between two doors or windows)
3: a support for two adjacent bridge spans
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
92 Moby Thesaurus words for "pier":
abutment, anchorage, anchorage ground, arc-boutant, arcade, atlas,
baluster, balustrade, banister, bank, base, basin, beam, berth,
breakwater, bulkhead, bulwark, buttress, buttress pier,
buttressing, caryatid, colonnade, colonnette, column, dado, die,
dock, dockage, dockyard, dry dock, embankment, flying buttress,
footstalk, groin, hanging buttress, harbor, harborage, haven, jack,
jetty, jutty, landing, landing place, landing stage, levee, marina,
mole, moorings, newel-post, pedestal, pedicel, peduncle, peristyle,
pier buttress, pilaster, pile, piling, pillar, plinth, pole, port,
portico, post, protected anchorage, quay, queen-post, rampart,
retaining wall, road, roads, roadstead, seaport, seawall, shaft,
shipyard, shoulder, slip, socle, staff, stalk, stanchion, stand,
standard, stem, subbase, support, surbase, telamon, trunk, upright,
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