A Quick Overview of Pier
A pier is a raised structure typically supported by well-spaced piles or pillars. Bridges, buildings, and walkways may all be supported by piers.
- Their open structure allows tides and currents to flow relatively unhindered, whereas the more solid foundations of a quay or the closely spaced piles of a wharf can act as a breakwater, and are consequently more liable to silting.
- Piers can range in size and complexity from a simple lightweight wooden structure to major structures extended over 1600 metres.
- In American English, pier may be synonymous with dock.