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PEDESTAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pedestal mean? 

PEDESTAL (noun)
  The noun PEDESTAL has 3 senses:

1. a support or foundation
2. a position of great esteem (and supposed superiority)
3. an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue)

  Familiarity information: PEDESTAL used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PEDESTAL (noun)


Sense 1pedestal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A support or foundation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

pedestal; stand; base

Context example:

the base of the lamp

Hypernyms ("pedestal" is a kind of...):

support (any device that bears the weight of another thing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pedestal"):

brass monkey (a metal stand that formerly held cannon balls on sailing ships)

staddle (a base or platform on which hay or corn is stacked)

trivet (a stand with short feet used under a hot dish on a table)

trivet (a three-legged metal stand for supporting a cooking vessel in a hearth)


Sense 2pedestal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A position of great esteem (and supposed superiority)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

they put him on a pedestal

Hypernyms ("pedestal" is a kind of...):

position; status (the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society)


Sense 3pedestal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An architectural support or base (as for a column or statue)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

footstall; plinth; pedestal

Hypernyms ("pedestal" is a kind of...):

support (supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation)

Meronyms (parts of "pedestal"):

dado (the section of a pedestal between the base and the surbase)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pedestal"):

socle (a plain plinth that supports a wall)

Holonyms ("pedestal" is a part of...):

column; pillar ((architeture) a tall cylindrical vertical upright and used to support a structure)


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