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pier

(Encyclopedia) pier, in engineering, term applied to a mass of reinforced concrete or masonry supporting a large structure, such as a bridge. When piers are built on ground of poor…

Piers Plowman

(Encyclopedia) Piers Plowman: see Langland, William .

Piers Morgan

Name at birth: Piers Stefan O'MearaPiers Morgan made a name for himself in the newspaper business in England before becoming a TV star in both the United Kingdom and the United States. His first big…

Steel Pier

Book:David ThompsonMusic and Lyrics:John Kander and Fred EbbDirector:Scott EllisChoreography:Susan StromanSets:Tony WaltonCostumes:William Ivey LongLighting:Peter KaczorowskiSound:Tony…

Gaveston, Piers

(Encyclopedia) Gaveston, Piers pērz găv´əstən [key], d. 1312, favorite of Edward II of England. Son of a Gascon knight at the court of Edward I, he was a boyhood playmate of the…

Pasolini, Pier Paolo

(Encyclopedia) Pasolini, Pier Paolo pyĕr pä´ōlō päsōlē´nē [key], 1922–75, Italian writer and film director. A former Roman Catholic and a Marxist, Pasolini brought to his work a…

Nervi, Pier Luigi

(Encyclopedia) Nervi, Pier Luigi pyĕr lwo͞oē´jē nĕr´vē [key], 1891–1979, Italian architectural engineer. Nervi is considered one of the foremost European architectural designers of the…

Brewer's: Piers Plowman

The hero of a satirical poem of the fourteenth century. He falls asleep, like John Bunyan, on the Malvern Hills, and has different visions, which he describes, and in which he exposes the…

Brewer's: Piers

The shepherd who relates the fable of the Kid and her Dam, to show the danger of bad company. (Spenser: Shepherd's Calendar.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer,…