Meaning of PIER in English
pier /pɪə $ pɪr/ BrE AmE noun [countable]
[ Date: 1100-1200 ; Language: Medieval Latin ; Origin: pera ]
1 . a structure that is built over and into the water so that boats can stop next to it or people can walk along it:
a yacht moored at a pier
strolling along Brighton Pier
2 . a thick stone, wooden, or metal post that is used to support something
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▪ port noun [uncountable and countable] a place where ships can be loaded and unloaded:
a busy port
We’ll have two days ashore while the ship is in port.
The ferry was about to leave port.
▪ harbour British English , harbor American English noun [countable] an area of water next to the land which is protected by walls so the water is calm, and is a place where ships can stay when they are not sailing:
They sailed into Portsmouth Harbour
Tourist boats leave the harbour at Riva regularly.
the harbour wall
▪ dock [uncountable and countable] a place in a port where ships are loaded, unloaded, or repaired:
A crowd was waiting at the dock to greet them.
The ship was in dock for repairs.
▪ pier a structure that is built over and into the water so that boats can stop next to it or people can walk along it:
The yacht was moored at a pier.
▪ jetty noun [countable] a wall or platform built out into the water, used for getting on and off boats:
a wooden jetty
The house has a private jetty.
▪ mooring noun [countable] the place where a ship or boat is fastened to the land or to the bottom of the sea:
Tugs towed the boat away from its mooring at White Bay.
▪ marina noun [countable] a harbour where people keep boats which are used for pleasure:
They are building a new 220-berth marina.
The apartments have a private marina.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012