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pylon

[pahy-lon] /ˈpaɪ lɒn/
noun
1.
a marking post or tower for guiding aviators, frequently used in races.
2.
a relatively tall structure at the side of a gate, bridge, or avenue, marking an entrance or approach.
3.
a monumental tower forming the entrance to an ancient Egyptian temple, consisting either of a pair of tall quadrilateral masonry masses with sloping sides and a doorway between them or of one such mass pierced with a doorway.
4.
a steel tower or mast carrying high-tension lines, telephone wires, or other cables and lines.
5.
Aeronautics. a finlike device used to attach engines, auxiliary fuel tanks, bombs, etc., to an aircraft wing or fuselage.
Origin of pylon
1840-1850
1840-50; < Greek pylṓn gateway, gate tower
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  • They went back to the pylon, and Menes put some fuel under a brass kettle.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest Alexander Glovatski
  • Six days had gone by, and Queen Neter-Tua starved in the pylon tower.

    Morning Star H. Rider Haggard
  • Now, when the Goddess has stood upon the pylon and sung to the multitude below, she passes back to the shrine.

    The World's Desire H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang
  • Through the pylon window-place crept the first grey light of dawn.

    Morning Star H. Rider Haggard
  • The pylon, leading to the temple, is of the time of Domitian and Trajan.

  • Remember when we starved in the pylon tower at Memphis, and what befell us there.

    Morning Star H. Rider Haggard
  • Every pylon, every gateway, every chamber, relates to us the exploits which he accomplished.

    Ancient Egypt George Rawlinson
  • From the pylon a superb view may be gained of the ruins of Karnak.

    The Critic in the Orient George Hamlin Fitch
  • Immediately behind this pylon comes a vast peristylar court, almost square on plan (186 feet by 173).

  • Knowest thou that she waited for thee there by the pylon gate?

    The World's Desire H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for pylon

pylon

/ˈpaɪlən/
noun
1.
a large vertical steel tower-like structure supporting high-tension electrical cables
2.
a post or tower for guiding pilots or marking a turning point in a race
3.
a streamlined aircraft structure for attaching an engine pod, external fuel tank, etc, to the main body of the aircraft
4.
a monumental gateway, such as one at the entrance to an ancient Egyptian temple
5.
a temporary artificial leg
Word Origin
C19: from Greek pulōn a gateway
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Word Origin and History for pylon
n.

1823, "gateway to an Egyptian temple," from Greek pylon "gateway," from pyle "gate, wing of a pair of double gates; an entrance, entrance into a country; mountain pass; narrow strait of water," of unknown origin. Meaning "tower for guiding aviators" (1909) led to that of "steel tower for high-tension wires" (1923).

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