Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun pillar

5 senses of pillar

Sense 1
pillar -- (a fundamental principle or practice; "science eroded the pillars of superstition")
       => principle, rule -- (a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct; "their principles of composition characterized all their works")

Sense 2
column, tower, pillar -- (anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower; "the test tube held a column of white powder"; "a tower of dust rose above the horizon"; "a thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite")
       => shape, form -- (the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; "geometry is the mathematical science of shape")

Sense 3
pillar, mainstay -- (a prominent supporter; "he is a pillar of the community")
       => supporter, protagonist, champion, admirer, booster, friend -- (a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library")

Sense 4
column, pillar -- (a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument))
       => structure, construction -- (a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons")

Sense 5
column, pillar -- ((architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure)
       => upright, vertical -- (a vertical structural member as a post or stake; "the ball sailed between the uprights")

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