Pronunciation Noun

pier (plural piers)

  1. A raised platform built from the shore out over water, supported on piles; used to secure, or provide access to shipping; a jetty.
  2. A similar structure, especially at a seaside resort, used to provide entertainment.
  3. (US, nautical) A structure that projects tangentially from the shoreline to accommodate ships; often double-sided.
  4. A structure supporting the junction between two spans of a bridge.
  5. (architecture) A rectangular pillar, or similar structure, that supports an arch, wall or roof, or the hinges of a gate.
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