What does pedestal mean?

Definitions for pedestal
ˈpɛd ə stlpedestal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. base, pedestal, standnoun

    a support or foundation

    "the base of the lamp"

  2. pedestalnoun

    a position of great esteem (and supposed superiority)

    "they put him on a pedestal"

  3. pedestal, plinth, footstallnoun

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

GCIDE

  1. Pedestalnoun

    Hence: A short free-standing column or column-like object designed to support a work of art or other object; a column serving the same function as the base of a statue. It may be made of wood, marble, or other suitable material.

  2. Pedestalnoun

    (Furniture) A part of a desk which contains a frame and drawers, stands on the floor, and provides support for the desk surface. There may be zero, one, or two such pedestals in a desk.

Wiktionary

  1. pedestalnoun

    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. pedestalnoun

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

  3. pedestalverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pedestalnoun

    The lower member of a pillar; the basis of a statue.

    Etymology: piedstal, Fr.

    The poet bawls
    And shakes the statues and the pedestals. Dryden.

    In the centre of it was a grim idol; the forepart of the pedestal was curiously embossed with a triumph. Addison.

    So stiff, so mute! some statue you would swear
    Stept from its pedestal to take the air. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pedestalnoun

    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. Pedestalnoun

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

  3. Pedestalnoun

    a pillow block; a low housing

  4. Pedestalnoun

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

  5. Etymology: [Sp. pedestal; cf. F. pidestal, It. piedestallo; fr. L. es, pedis, foot + OHG. stal standing place, station, place, akin to E. stall. See Foot, and Stall, and Footstall.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pedestal

    ped′es-tal, n. anything that serves as a foot or a support: the foot or base of a pillar, &c.: the fixed casting which holds the brasses, in which a shaft turns, called also Axle-guard or Pillow-block.—v.t. to place on a pedestal. [Sp.,—It. piedestallo—L. pes, pedis, the foot, It. stallo, a place.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pedestal in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pedestal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of pedestal in a Sentence

  1. Polly Fry:

    Finding out at the age of 45 that the man I had idolized and put on a pedestal higher than Nelson’s Column since I was a small child was not in fact my father was a hard burden to bear.

  2. New Orleans:

    These monuments have stood not as historic or educational markers of our legacy of slavery and segregation, but in celebration of it, to literally put the Confederacy on a pedestal in some of our most prominent public places is not only an inaccurate reflection of our past, it is an affront to our present, and a bad prescription for our future. We should not be afraid to confront and reconcile our past.

  3. Des Barres:

    He made you feel like you were the only woman alive. And he took me everywhere. I ’ll never forget that night at the Elvis concert — or the hours spent with Jimmy afterward on a huge bed up on a pedestal.

  4. Asmi Fathelbab:

    She oversaw an environment unsafe and abusive to women, women who put [Sarsour] on a pedestal for women’s rights and empowerment deserve to know how she really treats us.

  5. Stephen Jay Gould:

    Sigmund Freud often remarked that great revolutions in the history of science have but one common, and ironic, feature: they knock human arrogance off one pedestal after another of our previous conviction about our own self-importance.

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