Definitions

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

  • n. A steel tower supporting high-tension wires.
  • n. A tower marking a turning point in a race among aircraft.
  • n. A large structure or group of structures marking an entrance or approach.
  • n. A monumental gateway in the form of a pair of truncated pyramids serving as the entrance to an ancient Egyptian temple.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gateway to the inner part of an Ancient Egyptian temple
  • n. A tower-like structure, usually one of a series, used to support high-voltage electricity cables.
  • n. A structure used to mount engines, missiles etc., to the underside of an aircraft wing or fuselage.
  • n. An obelisk.
  • n. A traffic cone.
  • n. An orange marker designating one of the four corners of the end zone in American football.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A low tower, having a truncated pyramidal form, and flanking an ancient Egyptian gateway.
  • n. An Egyptian gateway to a large building (with or without flanking towers).
  • n. A tower, commonly of steelwork, for supporting either end of a wire, as for a telegraph line, over a long span.
  • n.
  • n. Formerly, a starting derrick (the use of which is now abandoned) for an aeroplane.
  • n. A post, tower, or the like, as on an aerodrome, or flying ground, serving to bound or mark a prescribed course of flight.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, a monumental gateway to an Egyptian temple, or other important building.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a tower for guiding pilots or marking the turning point in a race
  • n. a large vertical steel tower supporting high-tension power lines

Etymologies

Greek pulōn, gateway, from pulē, gate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek πυλών. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The first pylon is quite near the entrance and the arcane elementals stand in a circle around it.

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  • The pylon is there still, a partial ruin; but the Temple, with its roof, its staircases, and its secret treasure-crypts, is in all essential respects as perfect as on the day when its splendour was given over to the spoilers.

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  • For those of you unfamiliar with the term "pylon," for our purposes today, a pylon is a self-contained package of six cruise missiles that can be quickly mounted to the wing of a B-52.

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  • Behind the pylon is the great court of Rameses, entirely surrounded by two rows of seventy-four columns, with papyrus bud capitals and smooth shafts.

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  • Typically this strategy is executed by popping out a Warp Prism near the opponents base and warping in Dark Templar's in its pylon radius; however, I was able to sneak a pylon in the corner of the opponent's starting area early in this game and simply use it.

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  • The pylon is to be the centerpiece of a planned underwater museum featuring relics uncovered from the Mediterranean seabed.

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  • The pylon is the first major artefact extracted from the harbour since 2002, when authorities banned further removal of major artefacts from the sea for fear it would damage them.

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  • The pylon is the first major artifact extracted from the harbor since 2002, when authorities banned further removal of major artifacts from the sea for fear it would damage them.

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  • Big Ten commish calls pylon call 'not acceptable'; punishment possible

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  • For those of you unfamiliar with the term "pylon," for our purposes today, a pylon is a self-contained package of six cruise missiles that can be quickly mounted to the wing of a B-52. "

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