Pediment meaning

pĕdə-mənt
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A broad, gently sloping rock surface at the base of a steeper slope, often covered with alluvium, formed primarily by erosion.
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A low-pitched gable on the front of some buildings in the Grecian style of architecture.
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Any similar triangular piece used ornamentally, as over a doorway, fireplace, etc.
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A broad, gently sloping rock surface at the base of a steeper slope such as a mountain, often covered with alluvium. Pediments are formed through the exposure of bedrock by erosional processes, such as the flow of water. Pediments are usually found in arid regions where there is little vegetation to hold the overlying soil.
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(architecture) A classical architectural element consisting of a triangular section or gable found above the horizontal superstructure (entablature) which lies immediately upon the columns; fronton.
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Origin of pediment

  • Alteration (influenced by Latin pēs ped- foot) of earlier perement probably alteration of pyramid

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

  • Probably a dialectical alteration of pyramid.

    From Wiktionary