1. a large vertical steel tower-like structure supporting high-tension electrical cables
2. a post or tower for guiding pilots or marking a turning point in a race
3. a streamlined aircraft structure for attaching an engine pod, external fuel tank, etc., to the main body of the aircraft
4. a monumental gateway, such as one at the entrance to an ancient Egyptian temple
5. a temporary artificial leg
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(1) A rectangular, truncated, pyramidal tower. In ancient Egyptian architecture, pylons flanked the narrow entrance of a temple. Such structures have been known since the Middle Kingdom, roughly from 2050 to 1700 B.C.
(2) A heavy pier used to support flat or arched roofs (for example, the roofs of subway stations).
(3) A massive low pier used to flank the entrance way to a palace terrace or park. Such pylons were widely used in classical architecture.
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A suspension device externally installed under the wing or fuselage of an aircraft; it is aerodynamically designed to fit the configuration of specific aircraft, thereby creating an insignificant amount of drag; it includes means of attaching to accommodate fuel tanks, bombs, rockets, torpedoes, rocket motors, or the like.
A massive structure, such as a truncated pyramid, on either side of an entrance.
A tower supporting a wire over a long span.
A tower or other structure marking a route for an airplane.
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1. Monumental gateway to an Egyptian temple, consisting of a pair of tower structures with slanting walls flanking the entrance portal.
2. In modern usage, a tower-like structure, as the steel supports for electrical high-tension
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An underwing pylon for use on combat aircraft.
. The structure that holds a pod or an engine nacelle to the wing or fuselage.ii
. Towerlike structures that make turning points in an air race or ground reference maneuver.
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