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  • n. Plural form of pilaster.


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  • A figure of Time with his scythe, as over a shop at Rye, or some floriated border, or a pediment with pilasters, is pretty nearly all that they aspire to.

    The Book of Sun-Dials

  • Between the pilasters was the glass front door, to the right of them the drawing room windows, to the left of them the windows of the dining-room, above them a triangular area, which the better-class servants knew as a "pendiment," and which had in its middle

    The Longest Journey

  • But this is nothing new either, “I cannot tell if others feel as I do, but when I hear our architects inflating their importance with big words such as pilasters, architraves, cornices, Corinthian style and Doric style, I cannot stop my thoughts from suddenly dwelling on the mighty palaces of Apollidon: yet their deeds concern the wretched parts of my kitchen-door!”

    The Emptiness of Words « So Many Books

  • The extensive window space necessary in narrow city thoroughfares, and the difficulty of employing brick in large masses, such as pilasters and lintels, have chiefly led to the adoption of material having less of the uncertain durability and strength of either stone or terra-cotta in its favor.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 324, March 18, 1882

  • The drawers should be looked by "pilasters," or have glazed and framed doors.

    Practical Taxidermy A manual of instruction to the amateur in collecting, preserving, and setting up natural history specimens of all kinds. To which is added a chapter upon the pictorial arrangement of museums. With additional instructions in modelling and artistic taxidermy.

  • The phallic symbolism was continued in the black waist-high pilasters of marble on either side of him, topped with green pillar candles.

    Arcane Circle

  • I know because 30 years ago, I installed an automatically adjustable timed drip system which feeds all my hanging plants in the front entryway, my entire rear hanging plants and large potted plants and all the potted plants around the pool, planter and pilasters surrounding the perimeter of our back yard.

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  • Realestalker notes that the Weintraubs seem to have built "their own version of Hearst Castle on the bluffs of the Bu," complete with a pool house similar in opulence to the Hearst Castle's natatorium: "a palatial Greek Revival style natatorium/pool house with marble pilasters, walls encrusted with more than 500,000 seashells, six glittery crystal chandeliers, and a glass ceiling."

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  • Viewing by appointment only, 01981 570315In plain Saxon terms, this 10th-century church tower (c970) is riotous with ornament, dressed up as it is with decorative strips of stone (pilasters), none of which are strictly necessary to the structure.

    Early medieval architecture in Britain: examples from the era

  • Those once-radical patterns of pedimented windows divided by columns and pilasters are still synonymous with sophistication today – testimony to the building's influence.

    The Renaissance in Britain: examples from the era


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