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Webster 1913 Edition


Pedestal

Ped′es-tal

,
Noun.
[Sp.
pedestal
; cf. F.
piédestal
, 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!”
Cowper.
4.
(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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Pedestal

PED'ESTAL

,
Noun.
[L. pes, the foot.] In architecture, the lowest part of a column or pillar; the part which sustains a column or serves as its foot. It consists of three parts,the base, the die and the cornice.

Definition 2022


pedestal

pedestal

English

Pedestal

Noun

pedestal (plural pedestals)

  1. (architecture) The base or foot of a column, statue, vase, lamp
  1. (figuratively) A place of reverence or honor.
    He has put his mother on a pedestal. You can't say a word against her.
  2. (rail transport) A casting secured to the frame of a truck of a railcar and forming a jaw for holding a journal box.
  3. (machining) A pillow block; a low housing.
  4. (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.
  5. (steam heating) a pedestal coil, group of connected straight pipes arranged side by side and one above another, used in a radiator.

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

pedestal (third-person singular simple present pedestals, present participle pedestaling, simple past and past participle pedestaled)

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

See also


Portuguese

Noun

pedestal m (plural pedestais)

  1. (architecture) pedestal (the base or foot of a column, statue, vase, lamp, or the like)
  2. (figuratively) pedestal (a place of reverence or honor)

Spanish

Noun

pedestal m (plural pedestales)

  1. pedestal