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Definition of Pillar


  1. The general and popular term for a firm, upright, insulated support for a superstructure; a pier, column, or post; also, a column or shaft not supporting a superstructure, as one erected for a monument or an ornament.
  2. Figuratively, that which resembles such a pillar in appearance, character, or office; a supporter or mainstay; as, the Pillars of Hercules; a pillar of the state.
  3. A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church.
  4. The center of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns.
  5. Having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs; as, a pillar drill.

Pillar Quotations

Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man. - Pliny the Elder
Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man.
Pliny the Elder

Growing up, we didn't have anything. My mum wasn't well, so I was in three care homes then foster homes before me and my little brother went back to her. I was passed from pillar to post.
Rebecca Ferguson

The carrying power of a bridge is not the average strength of the pillars, but the strength of the weakest pillar. I have always believed that you do not measure the health of a society by GNP but by the condition of its worst off.
Zygmunt Bauman

Women's natural role is to be a pillar of the family.
Grace Kelly

It is time for corporate America to become 'the third pillar' of social change in our society, complementing the first two pillars of government and philanthropy. We need the entire private sector to begin committing itself not just to making profits, but to fulfilling higher and larger purposes by contributing to building a better world.
Simon Mainwaring
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Pillar Translations

pillar in Afrikaans is kolom
pillar in Dutch is colonne, steunpilaar, kolom, pilaar
pillar in French is colonne, pilier
pillar in Hungarian is oszlop
pillar in Italian is pilastro, colonna
pillar in Portuguese is coluna
pillar in Spanish is columna, pilar
pillar in Swedish is kudde, pelare
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