|1.||an upright structure of stone, brick, metal, etc, that supports a superstructure or is used for ornamentation|
|2.||something resembling this in shape or function: a pillar of stones; a pillar of smoke|
|3.||a tall, slender, usually sheer rock column, forming a separate top|
|4.||a prominent supporter: a pillar of the Church|
|5.||from pillar to post from one place to another|
|6.||(tr) to support with or as if with pillars|
|[C13: from Old French pilier, from Latin pīla; see |
pillar pil·lar (pĭl'ər)
A structure or part that provides support and resembles a column or pillar.
From one place or thing to another in rapid succession: “Abernathy couldn't stick to one project and was always dashing from pillar to post.”
used to support a building (Judg. 16:26, 29); as a trophy or memorial (Gen. 28:18; 35:20; Ex. 24:4; 1 Sam. 15:12, A.V., "place," more correctly "monument," or "trophy of victory," as in 2 Sam. 18:18); of fire, by which the Divine Presence was manifested (Ex. 13:2). The "plain of the pillar" in Judg. 9:6 ought to be, as in the Revised Version, the "oak of the pillar", i.e., of the monument or stone set up by Joshua (24:26).
from pillar to post
From one thing or place to another, hither and thither. For example, After Kevin joined the Air Force, the family kept moving from pillar to post. This expression began life in the early 1400s as from post to pillar, an order no longer used, and is thought to allude to the banging about of a ball in the game of court tennis.