Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pilaster forming the end of a projecting lateral wall, as in some Greek temples, and constituting one boundary of the portico.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of pier produced by thickening a wall at its termination, treated architecturally as a pilaster, with capital and base.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species of pier produced by thickening a wall at its termination, treated architecturally as a pilaster, with capital and base.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, a pilaster, especially a pilaster in certain positions, as one of a pair on either side of a doorway, or one standing opposite a pillar; specifically, the pilaster used in Greek and Roman architecture to terminate one of the side walls of a building when these are prolonged beyond the face of the end wall.
  • n. The native Brazilian name of the common or American tapir, Tapirus americanus.
  • n. A name in northwestern South America of the ivory-nut palm, Phytelephas macrocarpa. See Phytelephas.

Etymologies

From Latin antae, pilasters.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin (Wiktionary)

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