Part of speech: noun

Arch. A square column forming part of a wall.

Part of speech: adjective


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Usage examples "pilaster":

  1. Gouache had been pushed by the crowd into one of the angles of the pilaster while the two speakers stood before one of the four pillars of which it was built up. - "Sant' Ilario", F. Marion Crawford.
  2. An other reason concurs, that a column connected with a wall, which is a plain surface, makes a greater variety than a pilaster. - "The Grammar of English Grammars", Goold Brown.
  3. On the nave side, outside the columns, there stands on either side- placed like the columns on a high pedestal- a pilaster, panelled and carved with exquisite arabesques. - "Portuguese Architecture", Walter Crum Watson.