What does pyramid mean?

Definitions for pyramid
ˈpɪr ə mɪdpyra·mid

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pyramidnoun

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

  2. pyramidnoun

    (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 Egyptverb

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

  4. pyramidverb

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

  5. pyramidverb

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

  6. pyramidverb

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

  7. pyramidverb

    increase rapidly and progressively step by step on a broad base


  1. Pyramidnoun

    (Finance) a fraudulent investment scheme in which the manager promises high profits, but instead of investing the money in a genuine profit-making activity, uses the money from later investors to pay the profits to earlier investors; -- also called pyramid scheme or pyramid operation. This process inevitably collapses when insufficient new investors are available, leaving the later investors with total or near-total losses of their investments. The managers usually blame government regulations or interference for the collapse of the scheme, rather than admit fraud.

  2. Pyramidverb

    To enlarge one's holding or interest in a series of operations on a continued rise or decline by using the profits to buy or sell additional amounts on a margin, as where one buys on a 10% margin 100 shares of stock quoted at 100, holds it till it rises to 105, and then uses the paper profit to buy 50 shares more, etc. The series of operations constitutes a pyramid. A similar process of reinvesting gains or winnings (as of a gamble), but not involving operation on margin, is called a parlay.


  1. pyramidnoun

    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. pyramidnoun

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

  3. pyramidnoun

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

  4. pyramidnoun

    A pyramid scheme.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PYRAMIDnoun

    In geometry, is a solid figure, whose base is a polygon, and whose sides are plain triangles, their several points meeting in one. John Harris

    Etymology: pyramide, Fr. πύϱαμις, from πῦϱ, fire; because fire always ascends in the figure of a cone.

    Know, Sir, that I will not wait pinion’d at your master’s court; rather make my country’s high pyramids my gibbet, and hang me up in chains. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    An hollow crystal pyramid he takes,
    In firmamental waters dipt above,
    Of it a broad extinguisher he makes,
    And hoods the flames. Dryden.

    Part of the ore is shot into quadrilateral pyramids. John Woodward.


  1. Pyramid

    Pyramid is the second single by Filipino pop and R&B singer Charice (now Jake Zyrus) and the lead single from his debut album, Charice. The song credited under his pre-gender transition name Charice, features vocals from British Virgin Islands singer Iyaz, was written by David Jassy, Niclas Molinder, Joacim Persson, Johan Alkenäs and R&B singer-songwriter Lyrica Anderson, and produced by Twin and Alke. A remix was to be released on iTunes on February 16, 2010, but was later changed to February 23, the same day as the release of the album version. The album version was itself then delayed and released on March 2. "Pyramid" is a midtempo pop ballad with lyrics that metaphorically describes the strength of a relationship. "Pyramid" peaked at number 56 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making Zyrus the second Filipino singer to enter the chart since Jaya's debut single "If You Leave Me Now" peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 44 in 1990. It reached number one on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart."Pyramid" had already received airplay before it was released to iTunes. It aired on 104.3 in Las Vegas before its release as a single. The album version was released to US mainstream radio on March 15, 2010. It is his first single to achieve mainstream airplay. The song was sung in Simlish for The Sims 3: Ambitions, an expansion pack for the strategic life simulation computer game, The Sims 3.


  1. pyramid

    A pyramid is a geometric or architectural structure with a polygonal base and triangular sides or faces that converge to a single vertex at the top. In terms of geometry, it is a three-dimensional shape, and in architecture, it is a monumental building or structure with a square or triangular base and symbolic significance, often seen in ancient Egyptian culture.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pyramidnoun

    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. Pyramidnoun

    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. Pyramidnoun

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

  4. Etymology: [L. pyramis, -idis, fr. Gr. , , of Egyptian origin: cf. F. pyramide.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pyramid

    pir′a-mid, n. a solid figure on a triangular, square, or polygonal base, with triangular sides meeting in a point: (pl.) 'the Pyramids,' or great monuments of Egypt: a game played on a billiard-table in which the balls are arranged in pyramid shape.—adjs. Pyram′idal, Pyramid′ic, -al, having the form of a pyramid.—advs. Pyram′idally, Pyramid′ically.—ns. Pyramid′icalness; Pyramid′ion, the small pyramidal apex of an obelisk; Pyram′idist, one versed in the history of the Pyramids; Pyr′amis (Shak.), a pyramid:—pl. Pyram′ides.—adjs. Pyr′amoid, Pyram′idoid. [L.,—Gr. pyramis, pyramidos; prob. Egypt. pir-em-us. Some connection with Gr. pyr, fire.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pyramid

    A solid, the base of which is any right-lined plane figure, and its sides are triangles, having their vertices meeting in one point, named its vertex.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pyramid in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pyramid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of pyramid in a Sentence

  1. Ben Stein:

    There is no sudden leap into the stratosphere... There is only advancing step by step, slowly and tortuously, up the pyramid towards your goals....

  2. Firesign Theatre:

    The pyramid is opening up" "Which one?" " The one with the ever widening hole in it".

  3. Van Zyl:

    Maiyet is is trying to find people who are at the bottom of the economic pyramid, but who possess extraordinary and rare skills, we want to find the next generation of global artisans, whether they're in Indonesia, Peru, Mongolia, Kenya, or India and to harness those skills, but do so in a way that is relevant and applicable to the modern luxury fashion market.

  4. Lawrence Kubie:

    Today's family is built like a pyramid with all the intrafamilial rivalries, tensions, jealousies, angers, hatreds, loves and needs focused on the untrained, vulnerable, insecure, young, inexperienced and incompetent parental apex ... about whose incompetence our vaunted educational system does nothing.

  5. George Bernard Shaw:

    If the lesser mind could measure the greater as a footrule can measure a pyramid, there would be finality in universal suffrage. As it is, the political problem remains unsolved.

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