pier [-s] n

ME per < L. pera.

  1. Support; foundation; solid structure which holds up an arch or bridge.
  2. Landing; breakwater; jetty; mass of stone work projecting into the sea for breaking the force of the waves and making a safe harbor.
  3. [Fig.] veil; boundary between mortality and immortality; division between life and death.
  4. [Fig.] place for the renowned.