Definitions for pyramidˈpɪr ə mɪd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pyr•a•midˈpɪr ə mɪd(n.)

  1. a massive quadrilateral masonry structure having smooth, steeply sloping sides meeting at an apex, as a tomb built in ancient Egypt, or stepped and sharply sloping sides, as a temple platform built in pre-Columbian Central America.

    Category: Architecture

  2. any object or arrangement of objects shaped like a pyramid.

  3. a system or structure resembling a pyramid, as in hierarchical form.

  4. a solid having a polygonal base, and triangular sides that meet in a point.

    Category: Math

  5. any crystalline form the planes of which intersect all three of the axes.

    Category: Crystallography

  6. any of various anatomical parts or structures of pyramidal form.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

  7. the series of transactions involved in pyramiding.

    Category: Business

  8. (v.i.)to take, or become disposed in, the form of a pyramid.

  9. to speculate in securities trading by using paper profits as margin for additional buying and selling.

    Category: Business

  10. to increase gradually, as with the completion of each phase.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  11. (v.t.)to arrange in the form of a pyramid.

  12. to raise or increase (costs, wages, etc.) by adding amounts gradually.

  13. to cause to increase at a steady and progressive rate.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  14. to employ in speculative pyramiding.

    Category: Business

Origin of pyramid:

1590–1600; < L pȳramid-, s. of pȳramis < Gk pȳramís; r. earlier, ME pyramis < L, as above

py•ram′i•dal-ˈræm ɪ dl(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pyramid(noun)

    a polyhedron having a polygonal base and triangular sides with a common vertex

  2. pyramid(noun)

    (stock market) a series of transactions in which the speculator increases his holdings by using the rising market value of those holdings as margin for further purchases

  3. Pyramid, Great Pyramid, Pyramids of Egypt(verb)

    a massive monument with a square base and four triangular sides; begun by Cheops around 2700 BC as royal tombs in ancient Egypt

  4. pyramid(verb)

    enlarge one's holdings on an exchange on a continued rise by using paper profits as margin to buy additional amounts

  5. pyramid(verb)

    use or deal in (as of stock or commercial transaction) in a pyramid deal

  6. pyramid(verb)

    arrange or build up as if on the base of a pyramid

  7. pyramid(verb)

    increase rapidly and progressively step by step on a broad base

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pyramid(noun)ˈpɪr ə mɪd

    a four-sided solid shape with a point at the top


  1. pyramid(Noun)

    An ancient massive construction with a square or rectangular base and four triangular sides meeting in an apex, such as those built as tombs in Egypt or as bases for temples in Mesoamerica.

  2. pyramid(Noun)

    A construction in the shape of a pyramid, usually with a square or rectangular base.

  3. pyramid(Noun)

    A solid with triangular lateral faces and a polygonal (often square or rectangular) base.

  4. pyramid(Noun)

    A pyramid scheme.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pyramid(noun)

    a solid body standing on a triangular, square, or polygonal base, and terminating in a point at the top; especially, a structure or edifice of this shape

  2. Pyramid(noun)

    a solid figure contained by a plane rectilineal figure as base and several triangles which have a common vertex and whose bases are sides of the base

  3. Pyramid(noun)

    the game of pool in which the balls are placed in the form of a triangle at spot


  1. Pyramid

    A pyramid is a structure whose shape is roughly that of a pyramid in the geometric sense; that is, its outer surfaces are triangular and converge to a single point at the top. The base of a pyramid can be trilateral, quadrilateral, or any polygon shape, meaning that a pyramid has at least three outer triangular surfaces. The square pyramid, with square base and four triangular outer surfaces, is a common version. A pyramid's design, with the majority of the weight closer to the ground, and with the pyramidion on top means that less material higher up on the pyramid will be pushing down from above. This distribution of weight allowed early civilizations to create stable monumental structures. Pyramids have been built by civilizations in many parts of the world. For thousands of years, the largest structures on Earth were pyramids—first the Red Pyramid in the Dashur Necropolis and then the Great Pyramid of Khufu, both of Egypt, the latter the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still remaining. Khufu's Pyramid is built mainly of limestone, and is considered an architectural masterpiece. It contains around 1,300,000 blocks ranging in weight from 2.5 tonnes to 15 tonnes and is built on a square base with sides measuring about 230 m, covering 13 acres. Its four sides face the four cardinal points precisely and it has an angle of 52 degrees. The original height of the Pyramid was 146.5 m, but today it is only 137 m high, the 9 m that is missing is due to the theft of the fine quality white Tura limestone covering, or casing stones, for construction in Cairo. It is still the tallest pyramid. The largest pyramid by volume is the Great Pyramid of Cholula, in the Mexican state of Puebla.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a solid shape usually with a square or triangular base, and sloping triangular sides meeting in a point.

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