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[pahy-lon] /ˈpaɪ lɒn/
a marking post or tower for guiding aviators, frequently used in races.
a relatively tall structure at the side of a gate, bridge, or avenue, marking an entrance or approach.
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.
a steel tower or mast carrying high-tension lines, telephone wires, or other cables and lines.
Aeronautics. a finlike device used to attach engines, auxiliary fuel tanks, bombs, etc., to an aircraft wing or fuselage.
Origin of pylon
1840-50; < Greek pylṓn gateway, gate tower Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pylon
  • Simply make it a legal requirement to put a wind turbine on every new electricity pylon, for instance.
  • These iconic pylon-figures will become monuments in the landscape.
  • He's trying to sell the corner that he's running the fade route to the pylon in the back corner of the end zone.
  • In season, you can watch the local ospreys nesting atop a pylon through a webcam.
  • The examinee runs from the starting pylon, to the far pylon, around it and back to the starting pylon.
  • The pylon is mounted on a concrete foundation that can support the weight and wind loading on the collector.
  • The pier table, the first segment of the deck at the pylon is built on falsework or supported from the pier.
  • Mounted on top of each arch pedestal is a decorative concrete pylon with stepped vertical planes.
British Dictionary definitions for pylon


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

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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