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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
pillar of society/the community/the church etc
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.
be driven/pushed from pillar to post
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.
be a pillar of strength
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.
pillar of dust/smoke/flame etc
a tall upright mass of dust, smoke, flame etc
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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