Water pillar

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Water pillar A waterspout.
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Usage

In literature:

How little, how dwarfish it seemed as compared to the height of these pillars of water!
"Visit to Iceland and the Scandinavian North" by Ida Pfeiffer
And the lights came out and cast slender pillars of gold and green and scarlet on the water.
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber
This phenomenon draws the water up to the clouds like a pillar and thicker than a butt, twisting it about like a whirlwind.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. III" by Robert Kerr
I sat watching the glistening of the water through the pillars of the parapet till my eyes were dazzled.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
A waterspout is a whirling body of water, which rises from the sea like a sharp-pointed pillar.
"The Coral Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
These whirling pillars of water frequently appear in groups of several at a time.
"The Ocean and its Wonders" by R.M. Ballantyne
It came very swiftly, whirling the water up in a pillar about six or seven yards high.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
From the middle basin rises a pillar, surmounted by a figure of Fame spouting the water from her trumpet.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
He chained Fatima up to a pillar for three months, and fed her on bread and water.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
Elizabeth stood leaning against one of the pillars, her eyes shaded with her hand, looking over the bright waters.
"A Noble Woman" by Ann S. Stephens
In this great chamber they stayed awhile, for there was scarcely any current of water against its pillared sides.
"The Three Mulla-mulgars" by Walter De La Mare
The sea rose on either side fully half a mile into the air, in solid pillars of water.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
He even drew back closer in the shadow as she stepped toward the pillar, which supported on its face a font of holy water.
"Gabriel Conroy" by Bert Harte
Morning and evening, for the rest of her life, she used to smear the pillar with sacred cowdung, and water the tulasi shrub.
"Tales of the Sun" by Mrs. Howard Kingscote
One of the best ways of approaching the Pillar is to sleep at the little inn at the foot of the lake and row up from there to the water head.
"Climbing in The British Isles. Vol. 1 - England" by W. P. Haskett Smith
At Cape Pillar the turn of tide, with high water, is at noon: but along the S.W.
"Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836" by Robert FitzRoy
The tide ran fast, foaming against the iron pillars, but the promenade above threw a dark shadow on the water.
"Wyndham's Pal" by Harold Bindloss
At two miles distance on the coast is a solitary pillar of rock, that the crumbling cliff has left at the high-water mark.
"Shelburne Essays, Third Series" by Paul Elmer More
The sun was shining on the river, and its rays flashed back in rainbow hues from the crystal pillars of the water-castle.
"Fairy Circles" by Unknown
The shell was seen to strike the water some twenty yards in front of the Dutchman's bows, sending up a small pillar of foaming water.
"Commander Lawless V.C." by Rolf Bennett
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In poetry:

Ship-masts and pillars
Stagger and tremble,
Like reeds by the margins
Of swift running waters.
"March" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
And the crescent moon, high over the green,
From a sky of crimson shone,
On that icy palace, whose towers were seen
To sparkle as if with stars of their own;
While the water fell with a hollow sound,
'Twixt the glistening pillars ranged around.
"Catterskill Falls" by William Cullen Bryant

In news:

Bird reflected in the diesel sheen on the water in the commercial fishing harbor of Pillar Point, in Half Moon Bay, California.
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