Definition of Pilaster

1. Noun. A rectangular column that usually projects about a third of its width from the wall to which it is attached.

Generic synonyms: Column, Pillar



Definition of Pilaster

1. n. An upright architectural member right-angled in plan, constructionally a pier (See Pier, 1 (b)), but architecturally corresponding to a column, having capital, shaft, and base to agree with those of the columns of the same order. In most cases the projection from the wall is one third of its width, or less.

Definition of Pilaster

1. Noun. (architecture) A rectangular column that projects partially from the wall to which it attached; it gives the appearance of a support, but is only for decoration. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pilaster

1. a rectangular column [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pilaster

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pilar tumour of scalp
pilary
pilaster (current term)
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Literary usage of Pilaster

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1. Lombard Architecture by Arthur Kingsley Porter (1917)
"pilaster STRIPS AND SHAFTS We have seen in the preceding chapter that the pilaster strip is an inseparable adjunct of the arched corbel-table. ..."

2. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"pilaster in Chapman, tr. of Homer, Od. vii. iti. Also in Cotgrave. —F. pilastre, 'a pilaster ... pilaster, a square pillar or column, usually set in a wall. ..."

3. History of Art in Phrygia, Lydia, Caria, and Lycia by Georges Perrot, Charles Chipiez (1892)
"Elevation and profile of pilaster in Broken Tomb. ... pilaster of Broken Tomb. Plan above base. Plan at the commencement of capital. ..."

4. The American Vignola by William Robert Ware (1906)
"56 When the entablature breaks back from the plane of the pilaster to the ... At B, there is a single pilaster on each wall; at C, a quarter pilaster is ..."

5. The Parliamentary Debatesby Thomas Curson Hansard, Great Britain Parliament by Thomas Curson Hansard, Great Britain Parliament (1821)
"Mark whereabouts this pilaster or column was ? I have not said, can be seen, but I have said, that before the door there is a pilaster, and before the ..."

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