Definition of pillar:
- A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church.
- 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.
- Having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs; as, a pillar drill.
- The center of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns.
- 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.
newspaper column, anchor, tug, tower, mainstay, column, editorial, vacillating, mast, chromatography column, backbone, towboat, shaft, lynchpin, dependence, fluctuating, pedestal, support, keystone, linchpin, tugboat, undecided.
- "Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles", Daniel Hack Tuke.
- "The Scottish Chiefs", Jane Porter.
- "Wanderers", Knut Hamsun.