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Meaning of PEDESTAL

Pronunciation:  'pedistl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue)
  2. [n]  a support or foundation; "the base of the lamp"
  3. [n]  a position of great esteem (and supposed superiority); "they put him on a pedestal"

PEDESTAL is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: base, footstall, plinth, stand
 See Also: brass monkey, column, dado, pillar, position, socle, staddle, status, support, trivet



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ped"es*tal\, n. [Sp. pedestal; cf. F. pi['e]destal,
It. piedestallo; fr. L. es, pedis, foot + OHG. stal standing
place, station, place, akin to E. stall. See {Foot}, and
{Stall}, and {Footstall}.]
1. (Arch.) 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}.

         Build him a pedestal, and say, ``Stand there!''

   (a) (Railroad Cars) A casting secured to the frame of a
       truck and forming a jaw for holding a journal box.
   (b) (Mach.) A pillow block; a low housing.
   (c) (Bridge Building) An iron socket, or support, for the
       foot of a brace at the end of a truss where it rests
       on a pier.

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

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are on a pedestal indicates that you are an object of admiration. Alternatively, it may suggest that you ego is becoming over-inflated. You are showing off. Seeing a pedestal in your dream, refers to something or someone that you look up to.
 Definition: a raised area isolated around important excavated materials to facilitate their study.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: aggrandize, apotheosize, baluster, balustrade, banister, base, caryatid, colonnade, column, dado, deify, die, dignify, elevate, ennoble, exalt, foot, footstalk, foundation, glorify, honor, idolize, jack, magnify, mounting, newel-post, pedicel, peduncle, pier, pilaster, pile, piling, pillar, platform, plinth, pole, post, queen-post, raise, revere, shaft, socle, staff, stalk, stanchion, stand, standard, stem, subbase, sublime, substructure, support, surbase, trunk, upright, uproar, worship