(noun) a stand to support a corpse or a coffin prior to burial
(noun) a coffin along with its stand; “we followed the bier to the graveyard”
Source: WordNet® 3.1
bier (plural biers)
A litter to transport the corpse of a dead person.
A platform or stand where a body or coffin is placed.
A count of forty threads in the warp or chain of woollen cloth.
• Brie, brie
Bier, n. Etym: [OE. bæe, beere, AS. b, b; akin to D. baar, OHG. bara,
G. bahre, Icel barar, Dbaare, L. feretrum, Gr. , from the same bear
to produce. See 1st Bear, and cf. Barrow.]
1. A handbarrow or portable frame on which a corpse is placed or
borne to the grave.
Definition: A count of forty threads in the warp or chain of woolen cloth.
Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition