Definitions for pedestalˈpɛd ə stl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ped•es•talˈpɛd ə stl(n.; v.)-taled, -tal•ing; -talled, -tal•ling.

  1. (n.)an architectural support for a column, statue, vase, or the like.

    Category: Architecture

  2. a supporting structure or piece; base.

  3. a columnar support, often flaring outward at the bottom, for a tabletop or chair seat.

    Category: Furniture

  4. (v.t.)to put on or supply with a pedestal.

Idioms for pedestal:

  1. set or put on a pedestal,to glorify; idealize.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of pedestal:

1555–65; < MF piedestal < It piedestallo, var. of piedistallo lit., foot of stall. See pedi -, stall1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. base, pedestal, stand(noun)

    a support or foundation

    "the base of the lamp"

  2. pedestal(noun)

    a position of great esteem (and supposed superiority)

    "they put him on a pedestal"

  3. pedestal, plinth, footstall(noun)

    an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue)


  1. pedestal(Noun)

    The base or foot of a column, statue, vase, lamp, or the like; the part on which an upright work stands. It consists of three parts, the base, the die or dado, and the cornice or surbase molding. See Illust. of {Column}.

  2. pedestal(Noun)

    Pedestal coil (steam heating), a group of connected straight pipes arranged side by side and one above another, -- used in a radiator.

  3. pedestal(Verb)

    To set or support on (or as if on) a pedestal

  4. Origin: From piédestal, from piedistallo (pie "foot" di "of" stall "stand") "footstall".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pedestal(noun)

    the base or foot of a column, statue, vase, lamp, or the like; the part on which an upright work stands. It consists of three parts, the base, the die or dado, and the cornice or surbase molding. See Illust. of Column

  2. Pedestal(noun)

    a casting secured to the frame of a truck and forming a jaw for holding a journal box

  3. Pedestal(noun)

    a pillow block; a low housing

  4. Pedestal(noun)

    an iron socket, or support, for the foot of a brace at the end of a truss where it rests on a pier


  1. Pedestal

    Pedestal is a term generally applied to the support of a statue or a vase. Although in Syria, Asia Minor and Tunisia the Romans occasionally raised the columns of their temples or propylaea on square pedestals, in Rome itself they were employed only to give greater importance to isolated columns, such as those of Trajan and Antoninus, or as a podium to the columns employed decoratively in the Roman triumphal arches. The architects of the Italian revival, however, conceived the idea that no order was complete without a pedestal, and as the orders were by them employed to divide up and decorate a building in several stories, the cornice of the pedestal was carried through and formed the sills of their windows, or, in open arcades, round a court, the balustrade of the arcade. They also would seem to have considered that the height of the pedestal should correspond in its proportion with that of the column or pilaster it supported; thus in the church of Saint John Lateran, where the applied order is of considerable dimensions, the pedestal is 13 feet high instead of the ordinary height of 3 to 5 feet. In the imperial China, a stone tortoise called bixi was traditionally used as the pedestal for important stele, especially those associated with emperors. According to the 1396 version of the regulations issued by the Ming Dynasty founder, the Hongwu Emperor, the highest nobility and the officials of the top 3 ranks were eligible for bixi-based funerary tablets, while lower-level mandarins' steles were to stand on simple rectangular pedestals.

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the foot or base of a column, statue etc

The statue fell off its pedestal.

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