Pedestal meaning

pĕdĭ-stəl
A position of high regard or adoration.
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The definition of a pedestal is a foot, base or support for a column, pillar or lamp.

An example of a pedestal is a pillar on which a piece of art is displayed.

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An architectural support or base, as for a column or statue.
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A support or foundation.
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To place on or provide with a pedestal.
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The foot or bottom support of a column or pillar.
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A similar base on a lamp, statue, etc.
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A columnlike stand for displaying a piece of sculpture or other decorative article.
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To place on or furnish with a pedestal.
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(architecture) The base or foot of a column, statue, vase, lamp, or the like; the part on which an upright work stands.
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(figuratively) A place of reverence or honor.

He has put his mother on a pedestal. You can't say a word against her.

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(rail transport) A casting secured to the frame of a truck of a railcar and forming a jaw for holding a journal box.
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(machining) A pillow block; a low housing.
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(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.
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(steam heating) A pedestal coil, group of connected straight pipes arranged side by side and one above another, used in a radiator.
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To set or support on (as if on) a pedestal.
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put on a pedestal
  • To regard with great or excessive admiration; idolize.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of pedestal

  • Obsolete French from Italian piedistallo piè foot (from Latin pēs pedi–) di of (from Latin de–) stallo stall (of Germanic origin stel- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French piédestal, from Italian piedistallo (pie "foot" di "of" stall "stand") "footstall".

    From Wiktionary