Bulkier than a column but smaller than a wall, a pier can support an arch or beam.
The steamboat has come into the pier and the steam is blowing off
Pretending to speak broken English as you dragged your valise, porter threepence, across the slimy pier AT Newhaven
The stiffness of the elements in this case would BE that of a supporting pier or elastomeric BEaring pad or a combination of these.
The steamboat has COME into the pier and is blowing off steam.
A foot-wide cheap pier Glass between the two windows, and a brass bedstead in a corner
He walked along the wooden pier and climbed down into the boat.
”Hundreds of people took part. IT was a very joyful occasion,” said Pier Pierucci, one of the organizers of the contest.
Roy took up a station by the pier head so that he could watch all the coming boats.
Approximately one-third of the SPan from the pier may be erected by the free cantilever method