(pîr) KEY NOUN:
- A platform extending from a shore over water and supported by piles or pillars, used to secure, protect, and provide access to ships or boats.
- Such a structure used predominantly for entertainment.
- A supporting structure at the junction of connecting spans of a bridge.
- Architecture Any of various vertical supporting structures, especially:
- A pillar, generally rectangular in cross section, supporting an arch or roof.
- The portion of a wall between windows, doors, or other openings.
- A reinforcing structure that projects from a wall; a buttress.
Middle English per
, bridge support
, partly from Norman French pere, piere
(from Old French puiere
, a support
, from puie
, from puier
, to support
, from Vulgar Latin *podire
, from Latin podium
; see podium
), and partly from Medieval Latin pera
(from Old North French pire, piere
, possibly from Latin petra
, from Greek petr
; see per-2
in Indo-European roots)