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Pier or other projection at an angle of a building, such as antae, columns, pilasters, or rusticated quoins. Any work of architecture with this condition is said to be cantoned, from the French cantonné. A cantoned pier (pilier cantonné) is found in Gothic architecture, otherwise a compound pier with a massive core and four projecting piers or shafts connecting to the transverse vaults over nave and aisle and the nave-arcade.

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