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pillar

noun [C]  /ˈpɪl·ər/ us  
a strong vertical column made of stone, metal, or wood that supports part of a building or stands alone for decoration A pillar is also someone or something that is an important part of a group, place, or activity: He’s a pillar of the Dallas business community.
Translations of “pillar”
in Korean 기둥…
in Arabic عَمود…
in French pilier…
in Turkish sütun, direk…
in Italian colonna, pilastro…
in Chinese (Traditional) (建築物的)柱子,支柱, 墩…
in Russian столб, колонна…
in Polish filar, słup…
in Spanish pilar, columna…
in Portuguese pilar, sustentáculo, alicerce…
in German der Pfeiler…
in Catalan pilar…
in Japanese 柱, 支柱…
in Chinese (Simplified) (建筑物的)柱子,支柱, 墩…
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