|Origin:||piler, from Latin pila|
a tall upright round post used as a support for a roof or bridge:
Eight massive stone pillars supported the roof.
a tall upright round post, usually made of stone, put up to remind people of an important person or event
somebody who is an important and respected member of a group, and is involved in many public activities:
Mr Fitzwilliam had been seen as a pillar of the community.
a very important part of a system of beliefs or ideas
One of the pillars of a civilized society must be that everyone has equal access to the legal system.
to have to go from one person or situation to another without achieving much or being able to settle:
The poor kid has been pushed from pillar to post.
if someone is a pillar of strength, they are there to give you help and support at a difficult time:
Christine's been a pillar of strength to me.
a tall upright mass of dust, smoke, flame etc