|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.
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).