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 for pillar
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pillar \Pil"lar\, a. (Mach.)
     Having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs;
     as, a pillar drill.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pillar \Pil"lar\, n. [OE. pilerF. pilier, LL. pilare, pilarium,
     pilarius, fr. L. pila a pillar. See Pile a heap.]
     1. The general and popular term for a firm, upright,
        insulated support for a superstructure; a pier, column, or
        post; also, a column or shaft not supporting a
        superstructure, as one erected for a monument or an
        ornament.
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              Jacob set a pillar upon her grave.    --Gen. xxxv.
                                                    20.
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              The place . . . vast and proud,
              Supported by a hundred pillars stood. --Dryden.
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     2. Figuratively, that which resembles such a pillar in
        appearance, character, or office; a supporter or mainstay;
        as, the Pillars of Hercules; a pillar of the state. "You
        are a well-deserving pillar." --Shak.
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              By day a cloud, by night a pillar of fire. --Milton.
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     3. (R. C. Ch.) A portable ornamental column, formerly carried
        before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the
        church. [Obs.] --Skelton.
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     4. (Man.) The center of the volta, ring, or manege ground,
        around which a horse turns.
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     From pillar to post, hither and thither; to and fro; from
        one place or predicament to another; backward and forward.
        [Colloq.]
  
     Pillar saint. See Stylite.
  
     Pillars of the fauces. See Fauces, 1.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  pillar
      n 1: a fundamental principle or practice; "science eroded the
           pillars of superstition"
      2: anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower;
         "the test tube held a column of white powder"; "a tower of
         dust rose above the horizon"; "a thin pillar of smoke
         betrayed their campsite" [syn: column, tower, pillar]
      3: a prominent supporter; "he is a pillar of the community"
         [syn: pillar, mainstay]
      4: a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not
         supporting anything (such as a monument) [syn: column,
         pillar]
      5: (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing
         upright and used to support a structure [syn: column,
         pillar]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  152 Moby Thesaurus words for "pillar":
     antenna tower, arcade, arch, atlas, backbone, baluster, balustrade,
     banister, barbican, barrel, barrow, base, bedrock, belfry,
     bell tower, bole, boundary stone, brass, bust, cairn, campanile,
     caryatid, cask, cenotaph, champion, colonnade, colonnette,
     colossus, column, cromlech, cross, cup, cupola, cyclolith,
     cylinder, cylindroid, dado, defender, derrick, die, dolmen, dome,
     drum, fire tower, footstalk, footstone, foundation, grave,
     gravestone, headstone, hoarstone, inscription, jack, lantern,
     leader, lighthouse, mainstay, marker, martello, martello tower,
     mast, mausoleum, megalith, memento, memorial, memorial arch,
     memorial column, memorial statue, memorial stone, menhir, minaret,
     monolith, monument, mound, necrology, newel-post, obelisk,
     obituary, observation tower, pagoda, patron, patroness, pedestal,
     pedicel, peduncle, peristyle, pier, pilaster, pile, piling,
     pinnacle, pipe, plaque, plinth, pole, portico, post, prize, prop,
     protector, protectress, pylon, pyramid, queen-post, reliquary,
     remembrance, ribbon, rock, roll, roller, rostral column, rouleau,
     safekeeper, shaft, shrine, sinews, skyscraper, socle, spire, staff,
     stalk, stanchion, stand, standard, standpipe, steeple, stela, stem,
     stone, stupa, subbase, supporter, surbase, tablet, telamon,
     television mast, testimonial, tomb, tombstone, tope, tour, tower,
     tower of strength, trophy, trunk, tube, turret, upholder, upright,
     water tower, windmill tower, worthy
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Pillar
     used to support a building (Judg. 16:26, 29); as a trophy or
     memorial (Gen. 28:18; 35:20; Ex. 24:4; 1 Sam. 15:12, A.V.,
     "place," more correctly "monument," or "trophy of victory," as
     in 2 Sam. 18:18); of fire, by which the Divine Presence was
     manifested (Ex. 13:2). The "plain of the pillar" in Judg. 9:6
     ought to be, as in the Revised Version, the "oak of the pillar",
     i.e., of the monument or stone set up by Joshua (24:26).
     

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