Definition of pylon in English:

pylon

Pronunciation /ˈpīˌlän/ /ˈpaɪˌlɑn/

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noun

  • 1

    (also electricity pylon)
    A tower used for carrying power lines high above the ground.

    ‘A spokeswoman said: ‘The owl is perched on one of our high voltage electricity pylons.’’
    • ‘Bandits and looters continue to bring down pylons carrying high voltage cables out in the desert road.’
    • ‘Concerns are also growing over the pylons needed to carry electricity from remote parts of the Highlands and the Borders.’
    • ‘The streets are a tangle of stinted electricity pylons and cat's cradle power lines.’
    • ‘There is no escaping the 80 ft tall high-voltage pylons in the Shortlees estate.’
    • ‘The complex will comprise dozens of pylons, nine electricity substations and five quarries.’
    • ‘Use should also be made of existing buildings and other structures, such as electricity pylons, to site new antennas.’
    • ‘Nearby, some wires hang from the base of an electricity pylon, to which a box seems to be attached.’
    • ‘People will say that they were told 30 years ago that tobacco was safe and that electricity pylons were safe.’
    • ‘Children living close to electricity pylons face a greater risk of contracting leukaemia, it was officially acknowledged yesterday.’
    • ‘Eden was also battered by winds of up to 100 mph, bringing down trees and electricity pylons and cutting off homes during the weekend.’
    • ‘Exhausted helicopter crews scrambled to pluck desperate victims from trees, rooftops and electricity pylons.’
    • ‘Similarly, experts and lay people have long expressed concern at the impact on people's health of living near electricity pylons.’
    • ‘Just before touchdown the pilot became aware of an electricity pylon coming into view from behind a tree.’
    • ‘His favourite photograph was one of a towering electricity pylon and a large graffiti mural in Mitcham town centre.’
    • ‘Other Scottish sites are located near railway lines, dumps, electricity pylons and canals.’
    • ‘He is all too aware of the potential for property prices to fall when pylons are erected nearby.’
    • ‘They have blown up power pylons and blocked roads with booby-trapped vehicles.’
    • ‘The storm, which also flattened several power pylons, left much of the Eastern Cape without electricity.’
    • ‘The decision means National Grid can now go on to Mrs Craven's land and begin constructing the pylons.’
    1. 1.1A tower or post marking a path for light aircraft, cars, or other vehicles, especially in racing.
      ‘The room had already been lit by moveable light pylons, a leftover from when Wily had first set up operations there.’
      • ‘Swing left here and follow the path under pylons with the wall on the left.’
      • ‘Flickering to life, a small light shone from the pylon's centre as the Head Lorekeeper heard a familiar voice in her mind.’
      • ‘At the next pylon the controls reversed but by yanking back the throttle he regained control.’
      • ‘However, it also saw one of the last great racing biplanes take to the pylons - the Laird Super Solution.’
      • ‘However, on 3 December 1937, the aircraft crashed while rounding the first pylon, possibly due to a high-speed stall.’
      • ‘Aerial bombs or radio beacons are suspended from external bomb racks on detachable pylons.’
      • ‘The dust and dirt situation really cut down on visibility and I could only see from pylon to pylon.’
      • ‘This went on for a couple of pylons and then Steve lost sight of Bill and wondered where he was.’
      • ‘The eight 23 metres pylons suspend an elaborate system which allows for light to be cast also on the practice pitch.’
      • ‘The lights, consisting of eight pylons - each holding eight 1,000 watt, amps were powered by a portable generator.’
      • ‘Our crew chief said we had external damage on the starboard aft pylon that appeared to be related to some type of explosion.’
      • ‘After climbing onto the stubwing and then the aft pylon, I went up to the aft rotor head to survey all that was mine.’
      • ‘Officials said it struck a pothole on the runway, hit a pylon and then plunged into a house near the airport in the town of Busia.’
      • ‘He stops at a floodlight pylon and looks up at a broken hoarding.’
      • ‘After a 0-0 draw, the most exciting action was a spectator climbing up a floodlight pylon!’
      flagpole, flagstaff, pole, post, rod, support, upright
    2. 1.2A monumental gateway to an ancient Egyptian temple formed by two truncated pyramidal towers.
      ‘But only the next morning could we fathom the magnificence of the temple with its huge pylons and obelisks.’
      • ‘Both stand guard over a giant pylon of the mortuary temple of Amenophis the Third.’
      • ‘But as she walked between the huge pylons of the temple, Miri's soul shrivelled inside her.’
      • ‘There are three pylons surrounding the gate, and I'll bet that this inscription is repeated two more times, once on each of the walls.’
      • ‘But as she walked between the huge pylons of the temple, Miri's soul shrivelled inside her.’
      barrier, wicket, wicket gate, lychgate, five-barred gate, turnstile
  • 2A structure on the wing of an aircraft used for carrying an engine, weapon, fuel tank, or other load.

    ‘The answer to the problem was to hang immense fuel tanks from underwing pylons.’
    • ‘Each wing carries four stores pylons: three outboard and one inboard of the wheel fairing.’
    • ‘External fuel tanks can be carried on the pylons under the wings and jettisoned if necessary.’
    • ‘Finally, the addition of pylons and drop tanks mitigated the F - 80 and F - 84 bomb load and range limitations.’
    • ‘Israel Military Industries supplies most of the weapons pylons and racks and the external fuel tanks.’
    • ‘The Mauler carried four 20 mm cannon and was fitted with 15 pylons under the wings and fuselage.’
    • ‘A center-line pylon was added to carry a bomb or fuel tank.’
    • ‘The aircraft was configured with three external fuel tanks and four missiles on the wing pylons.’
    • ‘Also, the aircraft was fitted with underwing pylons that could carry up to two 1000-lb bombs or additional fuel tanks.’
    • ‘The F4U-lC had other improvements which included pylons under the stub wings and a center line fuselage pylon.’
    • ‘Also, eight new underwing pylons were added to carry a variety of weapons.’
    • ‘The MH - 60S has the Black Hawk's provisions for mounting the external pylons to carry stores and equipment.’
    • ‘The plane was slick - no pylons, no tanks, a beautiful sight, rarely seen in the fleet.’
    • ‘The leading edge of my left outboard pylon dented the trailing edge of the adjacent jet's right stabilator.’
    • ‘External fuel tanks can be carried on the pylons under the wings and jettisoned if necessary.’
    • ‘The aircraft was configured with three external fuel tanks and four missiles on the wing pylons.’
    • ‘A missile immediately shot out from one of weapons pylons and bore down on the rock.’
    • ‘The missiles are suspended from four underwing pylons.’
    • ‘Maintainers learned to work on pylons that hold the bombs.’
    • ‘The aircraft can carry two jettisonable fuel tanks each with a capacity of 1,136 liters on the underwing pylons.’
    • ‘For launch, the missile was dropped from the pylon, the tail cone was ejected, and the first motor stage ignited.’

Origin

Mid 19th century from Greek pulōn, from pulē ‘gate’.