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pier

[peer] /pɪər/
noun
1.
a structure built on posts extending from land out over water, used as a landing place for ships, an entertainment area, a strolling place, etc.; jetty.
2.
(in a bridge or the like) a support for the ends of adjacent spans.
3.
a square pillar.
4.
a portion of wall between doors, windows, etc.
5.
a pillar or post on which a gate or door is hung.
6.
a support of masonry, steel, or the like for sustaining vertical pressure.
7.
a long passageway or corridor that extends from a central area of a building, especially one at an airport that leads to boarding gates.
Origin
late Old English
1150
before 1150; Middle English pere, earlier (perhaps late Old English) per < Anglo-Latin pera, pēra pier of a bridge
Related forms
underpier, noun
Can be confused
dock, harbor, pier, wharf (see synonym study at harbor)
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Examples from the web for piers
  • The key ingredient of the superglue that mussels use to attach themselves to rocks, boats and piers is iron, scientists say.
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  • Handed-down wisdom and worked-up information remain the double piers of a cook's life.
  • piers talks to two villagers who can answer that question.
  • After being lashed against other boats and piers, our boat was broken into small pieces.
  • The city is home to a selection of charter boat companies, public boat ramps and piers for anglers to cast from.
  • It will help you get your bearings on where the various piers are located.
  • Fishing piers and platforms shall be on an accessible route.
  • Squid feed mainly at night and are attracted to light, which is why public piers are good locations for anglers.
  • Given the magnitude of tensile stresses, the deck is expected to crack over the piers.
British Dictionary definitions for piers

pier

/pɪə/
noun
1.
a structure with a deck that is built out over water, and used as a landing place, promenade, etc
2.
a pillar that bears heavy loads, esp one of rectangular cross section
3.
the part of a wall between two adjacent openings
4.
another name for buttress (sense 1)
Word Origin
C12 per, from Anglo-Latin pera pier supporting a bridge
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Word Origin and History for piers

Piers

common Old French form of masc. proper name Peter (q.v.).

pier

n.

mid-12c., "support of a span of a bridge," from Medieval Latin pera, of unknown origin, perhaps from Old North French pire "a breakwater," from Vulgar Latin *petricus, from Latin petra "rock" (see petrous), but OED is against this. Meaning "solid structure in a harbor, used as a landing place for vessels," is attested from mid-15c.

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