a. A slender, freestanding, vertical support; a column.
b. Such a structure or one similar to it used for decoration.
2. One who occupies a central or responsible position: a pillar of the state.
tr.v. pil·lared, pil·lar·ing, pil·larsIdiom:
To support or decorate with pillars or a pillar.
from pillar to post
From one place to another; hither and thither.
[Middle English, from Old French pilier, from Medieval Latin pīlāre, from Latin pīla.]
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