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1 a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats [syn: wharf, wharfage, dock]
2 (architecture) a vertical supporting structure (as a portion of wall between two doors or windows)
3 a support for two adjacent bridge spans

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. a raised platform built from the shore out over water, supported on piles; used to secure, or provide access to shipping; a jetty
  2. a similar structure, especially at a seaside resort, used to provide entertainment
  3. A structure that projects tangentially from the shoreline to accommodate ships; often double-sided.
  4. a structure supporting the junction between two spans of a bridge
  5. a rectangular pillar, or similar structure, that supports an arch, wall or roof


raised platform built from the shore out over water
similar structure used to provide entertainment
  • Dutch: pier
  • French: jetée
structure supporting the junction between two spans of a bridge
rectangular pillar, or similar structure, that supports an arch, wall or roof
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See also




pier (plural: pieren, diminutive: piertje)
  1. jetty
  2. worm, earthworm (in Flanders)

Extensive Definition

Scheveningen, the coastal resort town of The Hague, boasts the largest pier in the Netherlands. A crane, built on top of the pier's panorama tower, provides the opportunity to make a 60 m. high bungee jump over the North Sea waves.


  • The oldest cast iron pier in the world is Gravesend Town Pier, in Kent, UK. The pier opened in 1834.
  • The oldest recognized seaside pier in the UK is that at Ryde on the Isle of Wight, which opened in 1814.
  • The longest pleasure pier in the world is Southend, with a length of 1.34 miles (2158 m).
  • The shortest UK pier is in Burnham-on-Sea.
  • The UK pier with the biggest height above the sea is Weston Super Mare Birnbeck.


  • Turner, K., (1999), Pier Railways and Tramways of the British Isles, The Oakwood Press, No. LP60, ISBN 0-85361-541-1

External links

pier in German: Seebrücke
pier in Spanish: Muelle (construcción)
pier in Esperanto: Piero
pier in Hebrew: מזח
pier in Lithuanian: Molas
pier in Dutch: Pier (dijk)
pier in Japanese: 桟橋
pier in Polish: Molo
pier in Russian: Пирс (причал)
pier in Scots: Pier
pier in Finnish: Laituri
pier in Swedish: Brygga
pier in Ukrainian: Пірс (портова споруда)
pier in Vlaams: Piere
pier in Chinese: 碼頭

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abutment, anchorage, anchorage ground, arc-boutant, arcade, atlas, baluster, balustrade, banister, bank, base, basin, beam, berth, breakwater, bulkhead, bulwark, buttress, buttress pier, buttressing, caryatid, colonnade, colonnette, column, dado, die, dock, dockage, dockyard, dry dock, embankment, flying buttress, footstalk, groin, hanging buttress, harbor, harborage, haven, jack, jetty, jutty, landing, landing place, landing stage, levee, marina, mole, moorings, newel-post, pedestal, pedicel, peduncle, peristyle, pier buttress, pilaster, pile, piling, pillar, plinth, pole, port, portico, post, protected anchorage, quay, queen-post, rampart, retaining wall, road, roads, roadstead, seaport, seawall, shaft, shipyard, shoulder, slip, socle, staff, stalk, stanchion, stand, standard, stem, subbase, support, surbase, telamon, trunk, upright, wharf, wharfage
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