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Alternative term: Stanchion pillar

A vertical load-bearing member designed to resist compression and buckling.

Note: 1 A column is made of concrete or masonry.

Note: 2 A stanchion is made of iron or steel.

Note: 3 A pillar is made of stone or cast iron, and is usually of circular cross section.

Please note that this is the term as it stands in the original IALA Dictionary edition (1970-1989)

International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities - AISM