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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.

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

  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.

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

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

  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

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

  3. Pyramidnoun

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

    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. Sebastian Coe:

    The largest challenge we face is to maintain our sport at the top of the sporting pyramid and to remain exciting and salient for young people.

  2. Phil Cappelli:

    Absorbing the exceptional culinary flavors of Peru would be one of the highlights of the company's new tour to the country in 2016, which will have everything from 'a 'New Andean' feast at Huaca Pucllana -- one of Lima's most celebrated restaurants overlooking the illuminated ruins of a pre-Inca pyramid -- to a traditional Pachamanca feast.

  3. Heidi Beirich:

    It's kind of like if I were to tell you all about Egypt, but the only data I had was one pyramid. ... I couldn't explain anything very well.

  4. European Super League.However:

    Look, I think, to be frank and honest : no, i remain convinced of the beauty of that project, of the value that it would have developed to the pyramid, of the creation of the best competition in the world, but evidently no.

  5. Evan Kaufman:

    So. This is me below. Racist $100,000 Pyramid Guy.

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