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Definition of pillar:

  1. A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church.
  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. Having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs; as, a pillar drill.
  4. The center of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns.
  5. 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.

Synonyms:

newspaper column, anchor, tug, tower, mainstay, column, editorial, vacillating, mast, chromatography column, backbone, towboat, shaft, lynchpin, dependence, fluctuating, pedestal, support, keystone, linchpin, tugboat, undecided.

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