In architecture, a flat, rectangular column (often fluted) with a capital and base, attached to or set into a wall as an ornamental motif. It may be decorative or used to buttress the wall. pilaster(pr. pil-LAS-tər)Related link: The Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture defines pilaster and provides an illustration.Also see Corinthian, Doric, order, pier, and respond.

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