• WordNet 3.6
    • n pylon a large vertical steel tower supporting high-tension power lines "power pylons are a favorite target for terrorists"
    • n pylon a tower for guiding pilots or marking the turning point in a race
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pylon A low tower, having a truncated pyramidal form, and flanking an ancient Egyptian gateway. "Massive pylons adorned with obelisks in front."
    • Pylon (Aeronautics) A post, tower, or the like, as on an aerodrome, or flying ground, serving to bound or mark a prescribed course of flight.
    • Pylon A tower, commonly of steelwork, for supporting either end of a wire, as for a telegraph line, over a long span.
    • Pylon (Aeronautics) Formerly, a starting derrick (the use of which is now abandoned) for an aeroplane.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pylon In architecture, a monumental gateway to an Egyptian temple, or other important building. The pylon was sometimes a single structure, in outline resembling a truncated pyramid, through which the passage for the gate was pierced, but was more typically a combination of two such truncated pyramidal structures, connected by a lower architectural member, in which was the gate proper. They were usually covered with elaborate decoration in sculpture, together with hieroglyphic inscriptions. Often used synonymously with propylon. (Compare propylon.) Various forms of the pylon are used as hieroglyphic symbols. That shown in the cut stands for On, the Greek Heliopolis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pylon pī′lon a gateway to an Egyptian temple: the mass of building through which the gateway was pierced.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. a gateway
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. pylōnpylē, a gate.


In literature:

Pyramids, pylones, colossi, sphinxes, and obelisks characterize this architecture.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
Those pylons, Ross studied them.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
I could see the pylon and the bridge and the rising sun of Charin.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Above them, the burning brilliance of a star gave strange glow and color to the crystal pylons.
"The Colors of Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Thus he subdued him, rushing on, and afterwards he slew Pylon and Ormenus.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
Egyptian pylons rise above Greek temples.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
The pylon, two towers of massive masonry, formed the entrance to the temple, the door being in the middle.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
These buildings rose much higher than the pylons.
"The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5" by Theophile Gautier
They had often been in the huge pylon of the main Institute building.
"The Sensitive Man" by Poul William Anderson
Beside other temples, now destroyed, he set up the great west pylon of Karnak, and the pylon at Kharga.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
Another time they sat by night in ruined Karnak, watching the silver moonlight bring out another world among the mighty pylons.
"The Wave" by Algernon Blackwood
On her pylon tower she sang, and men died, demented and hopeless, struggling for a single smile!
"A Maid of the Kentucky Hills" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
Soon an official of the court ran out of the pylon.
"The Pharaoh and the Priest" by Alexander Glovatski
For the "pylon," the typical gate of Egyptian architecture, see ARCHITECTURE.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 5" by Various
There were rows of gigantic pylons, which lost themselves in the moonlit night.
"The Tour" by Louis Couperus
This being so, it is not surprising that a pylon with a flagstaff should be the usual symbol for Heliopolis.
"Cleopatra's Needle" by James King
Central in the row was a tall structure, with ruined clay pylons, blank of wall and, except for supporting beams, roofless.
"Saul of Tarsus" by Elizabeth Miller
The other two pylons to the north and to the south have blue lights.
"The Boy Volunteers with the French Airmen" by Kenneth Ward
Hatshepsut placed two splendid obelisks between the Pylons IV.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6" by Various
The pylon, which is another characteristic of Egyptian architecture, gave access to the dwellings.
"The Eye of Istar" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

Encase your legs in nylons,
Bestride your hills with pylons
O age without a soul;
Away with gentle willows
And all the elmy billows
That through your valleys roll.
"Inexpensive Progress" by Sir John Betjeman

In news:

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is listed at only 6-1, but he has a knack for stretching out while diving at the conclusion of runs and finding the pylon.
Yemen's capital plunged in darkness after tribesmen blow up electricity pylons.
SANAA, Yemen – Yemen's electricity company says protesting tribesman have blown up main pylons, cutting off power to the capital, Sanaa, for nearly a full day.
Getty Images You'll have to excuse Kellen Moore if he's a little woozy after signing so many pylons.
What could be more fun than an ultra micro pylon race.
We have judges at each pylon , to make sure theyre racing all the way around the pylons and not cutting inside.
New Version of Pylon from iAnywhere.
New Pylon Exhibits Its Old Drive.
Pylon , a band from Athens, Ga.
Sikorsky to Supply Tail Rotor Pylons to US Navy.
Bergen Street's pylon bike lane barrier has disappeared.
Colombia Farc rebels blow up pylons after truce.
Carson-Newman running back Andy Hibbett dives for the end zone pylon against Tusculum Saturday at Pioneer Field in Greeneville.
The entrepreneur's essentials include Pylones bird scissors and a Bric's suitcase.
Instead of oceans and mountains, this hyperlocal globe ($45 at Pylones, 69 Spring St, nr.