The Transamerica pyramid and skyline in San Francisco, California.
- An example of a pyramid is the figure on the back left side of the U.S. one dollar bill.
- An example of a pyramid is a company building their sales force by having current sales people earn a portion of the earnings of those they recruit.
- any huge structure with a square base and four sloping, triangular sides meeting at the top, as those built by the ancient Egyptians for royal tombs
- an object, formation, structure, or organization shaped like or suggesting a pyramid
- a crystal form in which as many as 12 sloping faces intersect at a point
- Geom. a solid figure having a polygonal base, the sides of which form the bases of triangular surfaces meeting at a common vertex
Origin of pyramidClassical Latin pyramis (gen. pyramidis) from Gr, pyramid: replaced Middle English piramis, also from Classical Latin
- to build up, mass, or heap in the form of a pyramid
- to engage in (a series of buying or selling operations) during an upward or downward trend in the stock market, working on margin with the profits made in the transactions
the (Great) Pyramids
- a. A solid figure with a polygonal base and triangular faces that meet at a common point.b. Something shaped like this polyhedron.
- a. A massive monument of ancient Egypt having a rectangular base and four triangular faces culminating in a single apex, built over or around a crypt or tomb.b. Any of various similar constructions, especially a four-sided Mesoamerican temple having stepped sides and a flat top surmounted by chambers.
- The transactions involved in pyramiding stock.
- Anatomy A structure or part suggestive of a pyramid in shape.
verbpyr·a·mid·ed, pyr·a·mid·ing, pyr·a·mids
- To place or build in the shape of a pyramid.
- To build (an argument or thesis, for example) progressively from a basic general premise.
- To speculate in (stock) by making a series of buying and selling transactions in which paper profits are used as margin for buying more stock.
- To assume the shape of a pyramid.
- To increase rapidly and on a widening base.
- To pyramid stocks.
Origin of pyramidLatin péramis péramid- from Greek pūramis of unknown origin
- py·ram′i·dal pyr′a·mid′ic pyr′a·mid′i·cal
top: Pyramid of Cheops
bottom:schematic view of the interior of the Pyramid of Cheops
A. king's chamber
B. grand gallery
C. queen's chamber
D. subterranean chamber
- An ancient massive construction with a square or rectangular base and four triangular sides meeting in an apex, such as those built as tombs in Egypt or as bases for temples in Mesoamerica.
- A construction in the shape of a pyramid, usually with a square or rectangular base.
- (geometry) A solid with triangular lateral faces and a polygonal (often square or rectangular) base.
- (UK, dated) The game of pool in which the balls are placed in the form of a triangle at spot.
- A pyramid scheme.
(third-person singular simple present pyramids, present participle pyramiding, simple past and past participle pyramided)