pier meaning

[ piə ] Pronunciation:   "pier" in a sentence
  • Noun: pier  pir [N. Amer], piu(r) [Brit]
    1. A platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
      - 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

    Sounds like: peer

    Derived forms: piers

    Type of: platform, support

    Part of: bridge, span, wall

    Encyclopedia: Pier

  • [Architecture]

    A column designed to support concentrated load.


    A member, usually in the form of a thickened section, which forms an integral part of a wall; usually placed at intervals along the wall to provide lateral support or to take concentrated vertical loads.

    typical concrete form for a pier, 1 and its footing

  • [Finance]
    A man made structure extending from the shore against which vessels may lie to load or unload cargo.


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  1. he backed his boat away from the pier.
  2. they landed at greenwich pier.
  3. the ship lies alongside the pier.
  4. additional concentric prestressing was required in the pier.
  5. the steamer lies at the pier.

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