(Pil"lage) n. [F., fr. piller to plunder. See Pill to plunder.]
1. The act of pillaging; robbery. Shak.
2. That which is taken from another or others by open force, particularly and chiefly from enemies in
war; plunder; spoil; booty.
Which pillage they with merry march bring home.Shak.
Syn. Plunder; rapine; spoil; depredation. Pillage, Plunder. Pillage refers particularly to the act of
stripping the sufferers of their goods, while plunder refers to the removal of the things thus taken; but the
words are freely interchanged.
(Pil"lage), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Pillaged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pillaging ] To strip of money or goods
by open violence; to plunder; to spoil; to lay waste; as, to pillage the camp of an enemy.
Mummius . . . took, pillaged, and burnt their city.Arbuthnot.
(Pil"lage), v. i. To take spoil; to plunder; to ravage.
They were suffered to pillage wherever they went.Macaulay.
(Pil"la*ger) n. One who pillages. Pope.
(Pil"lar) n. [OE. pilerF. pilier, LL. pilare, pilarium, pilarius, fr. L. pila a pillar. See Pile a heap.]
1. The general and popular term for a firm, upright, insulated support for a superstructure; a pier, column,
or post; also, a column or shaft not supporting a superstructure, as one erected for a monument or an
Jacob set a pillar upon her grave.Gen. xxxv. 20.
The place . . . vast and proud,Dryden.
Supported by a hundred pillars stood.
2. Figuratively, that which resembles such a pillar in appearance, character, or office; a supporter or
mainstay; as, the Pillars of Hercules; a pillar of the state. "You are a well-deserving pillar." Shak.
By day a cloud, by night a pillar of fire.Milton.
3. (R. C. Ch.) A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his
support to the church. [Obs.] Skelton.
4. (Man.) The center of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns.
From pillar to post, hither and thither; to and fro; from one place or predicament to another; backward
and forward. [Colloq.] Pillar saint. See Stylite. Pillars of the fauces. See Fauces, 1.
(Pil"lar), a. (Mach.) Having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs; as, a pillar drill.
(Pil"lar-block`) n. See under Pillow.
(Pil"lared) a. Supported or ornamented by pillars; resembling a pillar, or pillars. "The pillared
arches." Sir W. Scott. "Pillared flame." Thomson.