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English noun: pillar

1. pillar (cognition) a fundamental principle or practice

SamplesScience eroded the pillars of superstition.

Broader (hypernym)principle, rule

Narrower (hyponym)pillar of Islam

2. pillar (shape) anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower

SamplesThe test tube held a column of white powder.
A tower of dust rose above the horizon.
A thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite.

Synonymscolumn, tower

Broader (hypernym)form, shape

Narrower (hyponym)columella, hoodoo

3. pillar (person) a prominent supporter

SamplesHe is a pillar of the community.


Broader (hypernym)admirer, booster, champion, friend, protagonist, supporter

4. pillar (artifact) a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)


Broader (hypernym)construction, structure

Narrower (hyponym)obelisk, totem pole

5. pillar (artifact) (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure


Broader (hypernym)upright, vertical

Narrower (hyponym)atlas, caryatid, newel, pilaster, pile, piling, spile, stilt, support column, telamon

Part holonymcap, capital, chapiter, entasis, footstall, pedestal, plinth, scape, shaft

Part meronymtemple

Domain categoryarchitecture

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