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  Dictionary Definition of pier

pier
noun
1. a structure built out into the water to serve as a landing place for ships, and, sometimes, protect a harbour; a breakwater; jetty.
2. such a structure used as a pleasure promenade.
3. one of the supports of a span of a bridge or of two adjacent spans.
4. a square pillar.
5. a portion of wall between doors, windows, etc.
6. a pillar or post on which a gate or door is hung.
7. a support of masonry or the like for sustaining vertical pressure.
[ME per ( e ), from ML pera ]