PILLAR (0. Fr. piler, Mod. pilier,
See also:common applications, as to columns supporting the girders of awarehouse
See also:floor or the deckbeams of a
See also:ship, to the single central support or pedestal of a table, machine-
See also:tool, &c., and to the masses of
See also:coal which the miner leaves in certain methods of working as supports to the roof (see
See also:Cord); it is also used figuratively of persons in such phrases as a " pillar of the state." In architecture it has strictly the second sense . The
See also:column erected in
See also:honour of
See also:Diocletian at Alexandria is known as
See also:Pompey's pillar, and the so-called columns of Trajan and
See also:Antoninus are in reality pillars, performing no structural
See also:function beyond that of carrying a statue . In India the only example is the iron pillar at
See also:Delhi, which is an extraordinary specimen of the iron-worker's
See also:art considering the remote date at which it was made . Up to the
See also:middle of the 19th century the
See also:term " pillar " was employed to designate the masses of
See also:masonry in a
See also:church, which carry the arcades, but now the term "
See also:pier" is invariably adopted in preference .
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