pediment definition by Webster's New World
- a low-pitched gable on the front of some buildings in the Grecian style of architecture
- any similar triangular piece used ornamentally, as over a doorway, fireplace, etc.
Origin: altered (after Classical Latin pes, genitive pedis, foot) ; from earlier periment, probably altered ; from pyramid
- pedimental adjective
pediment definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A wide, low-pitched gable surmounting the façade of a building in the Grecian style.b. A triangular element, similar to or derivative of a Grecian pediment, used widely in architecture and decoration.
- Geology A broad, gently sloping rock surface at the base of a steeper slope, often covered with alluvium, formed primarily by erosion.
Origin: Alteration (influenced by Latin pēs, ped-, foot) of earlier perement, probably alteration of pyramid.
- pedˌi·menˈtal adjective
- pedˈi·mentˌed adjective
pediment - Science Definition