pedestal

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pedestal \Ped"es*tal\, noun [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!" --Cowper.

2. Hence: A short free-standing column or column-like object designed to support a work of art or other object; a column serving the same function as the base of a statue. It may be made of wood, marble, or other suitable material. [PJC]

3. (Furniture) A part of a desk which contains a frame and drawers, stands on the floor, and provides support for the desk surface. There may be zero, one, or two such pedestals in a desk. [PJC]

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

pedestal

noun

1: a support or foundation; "the base of the lamp" [syn: {base}, {pedestal}, {stand}]

2: a position of great esteem (and supposed superiority); "they put him on a pedestal"

3: an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue) [syn: {pedestal}, {plinth}, {footstall}]


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