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Pillar vs. Pole

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• Pillar

A column or pillar in architecture and structural engineering is a structural element that transmits, through compression, the weight of the structure above to other structural elements below. In other words, a column is a compression member. The term column applies especially to a large round support (the shaft of the column) with a capital and a base or pedestal which is made of stone, or appearing to be so. A small wooden or metal support is typically called a post, and supports with a rectangular or other non-round section are usually called piers. For the purpose of wind or earthquake engineering, columns may be designed to resist lateral forces. Other compression members are often termed "columns" because of the similar stress conditions. Columns are frequently used to support beams or arches on which the upper parts of walls or ceilings rest. In architecture, "column" refers to such a structural element that also has certain proportional and decorative features. A column might also be a decorative element not needed for structural purposes; many columns are "engaged", that is to say form part of a wall.

Wikipedia
• Pillar (noun)

A large post, often used as supporting architecture.

• Pillar (noun)

Something resembling such a structure.

"a pillar of smoke"

• Pillar (noun)

An essential part of something that provides support.

"He's a pillar of the community."

• Pillar (noun)

A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church.

• Pillar (noun)

The centre of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns.

• Pillar (verb)

To provide with pillars or added strength as if from pillars.

• Pole (noun)

Originally, a stick; now specifically, a long and slender piece of metal or (especially) wood, used for various construction or support purposes.

• Pole (noun)

A type of basic fishing rod.

• Pole (noun)

A long sports implement used for pole-vaulting; now made of glassfiber or carbon fiber, formerly also metal, bamboo and wood have been used.

• Pole (noun)

A telescope used to identify birds, aeroplanes or wildlife.

• Pole (noun)

A unit of length, equal to a perch (¼ chain or 5½ yards).

• Pole (noun)

Pole position.

• Pole (noun)

A gun.

• Pole (noun)

Either of the two points on the earth's surface around which it rotates; also, similar points on any other rotating object.

• Pole (noun)

A point of magnetic focus, especially each of the two opposing such points of a magnet (designated north and south).

• Pole (noun)

A fixed point relative to other points or lines.

• Pole (noun)

A contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves.

• Pole (noun)

For a meromorphic function $f\left(z\right)$, any point $a$ for which $f\left(z\right) \rightarrow \infty$ as $z \rightarrow a$.

"ux|en|The function $f\left(z\right) = \frac\left\{1\right\}\left\{z-3\right\}$ has a single pole at $z = 3$."

• Pole (noun)

The firmament; the sky.

• Pole (noun)

Either of the states that characterize a bipolar disorder.

• Pole (verb)

To propel by pushing with poles, to push with a pole.

"Huck Finn poled that raft southward down the Mississippi because going northward against the current was too much work."

• Pole (verb)

To identify something quite precisely using a telescope.

"He poled off the serial of the Gulfstream to confirm its identity."

• Pole (verb)

To furnish with poles for support.

"to pole beans or hops"

• Pole (verb)

To convey on poles.

"to pole hay into a barn"

• Pole (verb)

To stir, as molten glass, with a pole.

• Pole (verb)

To induce piezoelectricity in (a substance) by aligning the dipoles.

Wiktionary
• Pillar (noun)

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.

• Pillar (noun)

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.

• Pillar (noun)

A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church.

• Pillar (noun)

The center of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns.

Having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs; as, a pillar drill.

• Pole (noun)

A native or inhabitant of Poland; a Polander.

• Pole (noun)

A long, slender piece of wood; a tall, slender piece of timber; the stem of a small tree whose branches have been removed; as, specifically: (a) A carriage pole, a wooden bar extending from the front axle of a carriage between the wheel horses, by which the carriage is guided and held back. (b) A flag pole, a pole on which a flag is supported. (c) A Maypole. See Maypole. (d) A barber's pole, a pole painted in stripes, used as a sign by barbers and hairdressers. (e) A pole on which climbing beans, hops, or other vines, are trained.

• Pole (noun)

A measuring stick; also, a measure of length equal to 5 yards, or a square measure equal to 30 square yards; a rod; a perch.

• Pole (noun)

Either extremity of an axis of a sphere; especially, one of the extremities of the earth's axis; as, the north pole.

• Pole (noun)

A point upon the surface of a sphere equally distant from every part of the circumference of a great circle; or the point in which a diameter of the sphere perpendicular to the plane of such circle meets the surface. Such a point is called the pole of that circle; as, the pole of the horizon; the pole of the ecliptic; the pole of a given meridian.

• Pole (noun)

One of the opposite or contrasted parts or directions in which a polar force is manifested; a point of maximum intensity of a force which has two such points, or which has polarity; as, the poles of a magnet; the north pole of a needle.

• Pole (noun)

The firmament; the sky.

• Pole (noun)

See Polarity, and Polar, n.

• Pole

To furnish with poles for support; as, to pole beans or hops.

• Pole

To convey on poles; as, to pole hay into a barn.

• Pole

To impel by a pole or poles, as a boat.

• Pole

To stir, as molten glass, with a pole.

Webster Dictionary
• Pillar (noun)

a fundamental principle or practice;

"science eroded the pillars of superstition"

• Pillar (noun)

anything tall and thin approximating 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"

• Pillar (noun)

a prominent supporter;

"he is a pillar of the community"

• Pillar (noun)

a vertical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (as a monument or a column of air)

• Pillar (noun)

(architeture) a tall cylindrical vertical upright and used to support a structure

• Pole (noun)

a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic

• Pole (noun)

a native or inhabitant of Poland

• Pole (noun)

one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions;

"they are at opposite poles"

"they are poles apart"

• Pole (noun)

a linear measure of 16.5 feet

• Pole (noun)

a square rod of land

• Pole (noun)

one of two points of intersection of the Earth's axis and the celestial sphere

• Pole (noun)

one of two antipodal points where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface

• Pole (noun)

a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves

• Pole (noun)

a long fiberglass sports implement used for pole vaulting

• Pole (noun)

one of the two ends of a magnet where the magnetism seems to be concentrated

• Pole (verb)

propel with a pole;

"pole barges on the river"

"We went punting in Cambridge"

• Pole (verb)

support on poles;

"pole climbing plants like beans"

• Pole (verb)

deoxidize molten metals by stirring them with a wooden pole

Princeton's WordNet