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Webster 1913 Edition


Pulpit

Pul′pit

,
Noun.
[L.
pulpitum
: cf. OF.
pulpite
, F.
pulpitre
.]
1.
An elevated place, or inclosed stage, in a church, in which the clergyman stands while preaching.
I stand like a clerk in my
pulpit
.
Chaucer.
2.
The whole body of the clergy; preachers as a class; also, preaching.
I say the
pulpit
(in the sober use
Of its legitimate, peculiar powers)
Must stand acknowledged, while the world shall stand,
The most important and effectual guard,
Support, and ornament of virtue’s cause.
Cowper.
3.
A desk, or platform, for an orator or public speaker.

Pul′pit

,
Adj.
Of or pertaining to the pulpit, or preaching;
as, a
pulpit
orator;
pulpit
eloquence.

Webster 1828 Edition


Pulpit

PUL'PIT

,
Noun.
[L. pulpitum, a state, scaffold, or higher part of a stage.]
1.
An elevated place or inclosed stage in a church, in which the preacher stands. It is called also a desk.
2.
In the Roman theater, the pulpitum was the place where the players performed their parts, lower than the scene and higher than the orchestra.
3.
A movable desk, from which disputants pronounced their dissertations, and authors recited their works.

Definition 2021


pulpit

pulpit

English

Noun

pulpit (plural pulpits)

  1. A raised platform in a church, usually enclosed, where the minister or preacher stands to conduct the sermon.
  2. A desk or platform for an orator or public speaker.
  3. (nautical) The railing at the bow of a boat, which sometimes extends past the deck. It is sometimes referred to as bow pulpit. The railing at the stern of the boat is sometimes referred to as as stern pulpit; other texts use the perhaps more appropriate term pushpit.
  4. (Britain military slang, dated) A plane's cockpit.
    • 1941 March 24, Life, p. 85:
      In the slang of the Royal Air Force man, the cockpit of his plane is the ‘pulpit’ or ‘office’, the glass covering over it the ‘greenhouse’.

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Polish

Etymology

From Latin pulpitum (platform).

Noun

pulpit m inan

  1. desktop (the main graphical user interface of an operating system)

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