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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)


  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.


  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.


  1. Pedestal

    A pedestal (from French piédestal, Italian piedistallo 'foot of a stall') or plinth is a support at the bottom of a statue, vase, column, or certain altars. Smaller pedestals, especially if round in shape, may be called socles. In civil engineering, it is also called basement. The minimum height of the plinth is usually kept as 45 cm (for buildings). It transmits loads from superstructure to the substructure and acts as the retaining wall for the filling inside the plinth or raised floor. In sculpting, the terms base, plinth, and pedestal are defined according to their subtle differences. A base is defined as a large mass that supports the sculpture from below. A plinth is defined as a flat and planar support which separates the sculpture from the environment. A pedestal, on the other hand, is defined as a shaft-like form that raises the sculpture and separates it from the base.An elevated pedestal or plinth that bears a statue, and which is raised from the substructure supporting it (typically roofs or corniches), is sometimes called an acropodium. The term is from Greek ἄκρος ákros 'topmost' and πούς poús (root ποδ- pod-) 'foot'.


  1. pedestal

    A pedestal is a platform or base that supports and elevates an object or statue, often used to raise it to a higher position for display or importance. It typically has a flat surface and is designed to add stability and enhance the visual impact of the object placed upon it. Pedestals can be found in various materials such as stone, wood, or metal, and are commonly used in art, architecture, and home decor.

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.]


  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. Shannon Slutman:

    He just did the right thing, he didnt expect anybody to put him up on a pedestal, [or] to put it on Facebook.

  2. Woody Allen:

    For the first year of marriage I had basically a bad attitude. I tended to place my wife underneath a pedestal

  3. Levar Stoney:

    Jefferson Davis was a racist traitor who fled our city as Jefferson Davis troops carried out orders to burn it to the ground, jefferson Davis never deserved to be up on that pedestal. July 1, we will begin the process the state requires to remove these monuments to the Old Richmond of a Lost Cause.

  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. Hunter S. Thompson:

    There is a progression of understanding vis-?-vis pro football that varies drastically with the factor of distance -- physical, emotional, intellectual and every other way. Which is exactly the way it should be, in the eyes of the amazingly small number of people who own and control the game, because it is this finely managed distance factor that accounts for the high-profit mystique that blew the sacred institution of baseball off its national pastime pedestal in less than fifteen years.

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