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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Last week's leaders Tynemouth were knocked off their pedestal losing their first game of the season.
▪ Romantic shits - they're first to knock you off the pedestal they put you on.
▪ Another will place philanthropy on a pedestal and yet have a resentful, unforgiving spirit.
▪ Being placed on an artificial pedestal can be of advantage to the Volunteer as innovator.
▪ Let's face it, possum, there are some who would put me on a pedestal.
▪ If it is going to be special, put it on a pedestal of sorts.
▪ In the courtly love tradition, the woman was put on a pedestal - objectified.
▪ I was the most beautiful, wonderful woman and he put me on a pedestal.
▪ Many of the dark rocks stand on limestone pedestals, the surrounding rocks having been eroded away.
▪ The Composite Order is used; the columns stand on sculptured pedestals.
▪ In the shadows, in front of an outcrop of rock, stood a pedestal.
knock sb off their pedestal/perch
▪ And Murph will come down from that good-guy pedestal a little.
▪ Goddesses are made from female stones and the pedestal from male stones.
▪ He wanted Asquith on a pedestal and Lloyd George in an isolation hospital.
▪ If it is going to be special, put it on a pedestal of sorts.
▪ Some examples still had a moulded foot pedestal, while others had four short, cast and chased legs.
▪ The reverse process was used to install the launcher on pedestals at the pad.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pedestal \Ped"es*tal\, n. [Sp. pedestal; cf. F. pi['e]destal, It. piedestallo; fr. L. es, pedis, foot + OHG. stal standing place, station, place, akin to E. stall. See Foot, and Stall, and Footstall.]

  1. (Arch.) The base or foot of a column, statue, vase, lamp, or the like; the part on which an upright work stands. It consists of three parts, the base, the die or dado, and the cornice or surbase molding. See Illust. of Column.

    Build him a pedestal, and say, ``Stand there!''

    1. (Railroad Cars) A casting secured to the frame of a truck and forming a jaw for holding a journal box.

    2. (Mach.) A pillow block; a low housing.

    3. (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.

      Pedestal coil (steam Heating), a group of connected straight pipes arranged side by side and one above another, -- used in a radiator.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1560s, "base supporting a column, statue, etc.," from Middle French piédestal (1540s), from Italian piedistallo "base of a pillar," from pie "foot" + di "of" + stallo "stall, place, seat," from a Germanic source (see stall (n.1)).\n

\nSpelling in English influenced by Latin pedem "foot." An Old English word for it was fotstan, literally "foot-stone." Figurative sense of put (someone) on a pedestal "regard as highly admirable" is attested from 1859.


n. (context architecture English) The base or foot of a column, statue, vase, lamp vb. To set or support on (or as if on) a pedestal.

  1. n. a support or foundation; "the base of the lamp" [syn: base, stand]

  2. a position of great esteem (and supposed superiority); "they put him on a pedestal"

  3. an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue) [syn: plinth, footstall]


__NOTOC__ A pedestal (from French piédestal, Italian piedistallo, "foot of a stall") or plinth is the support of a statue or a vase.

Although in Syria, Asia Minor and Tunisia the Romans occasionally raised the columns of their temples or propylaea on square pedestals, in Rome itself they were employed only to give greater importance to isolated columns, such as those of Trajan and Antoninus, or as a podium to the columns employed decoratively in the Roman triumphal arches.

The architects of the Italian revival, however, conceived the idea that no order was complete without a pedestal, and as the orders were by them employed to divide up and decorate a building in several stories, the cornice of the pedestal was carried through and formed the sills of their windows, or, in open arcades, round a court, the balustrade of the arcade. They also would seem to have considered that the height of the pedestal should correspond in its proportion with that of the column or pilaster it supported; thus in the church of Saint John Lateran, where the applied order is of considerable dimensions, the pedestal is high instead of the ordinary height of 3 to .

In the imperial China, a stone tortoise called bixi was traditionally used as the pedestal for important stele, especially those associated with emperors. According to the 1396 version of the regulations issued by the Ming Dynasty founder, the Hongwu Emperor, the highest nobility (those of the gong and hou ranks) and the officials of the top 3 ranks were eligible for bixi-based funerary tablets, while lower-level mandarins' steles were to stand on simple rectangular pedestals.

Pedestal (disambiguation)

Pedestal may refer to:

  • Pedestal, support or stand for a statue or other object
    • Pedestal crater
    • Pedestal desk
    • Pedestal table, a table with a single central leg
  • Pedestal (song), 2006 song by Fergie
  • "Pedestal", song by Portishead from their 1994 album Dummy
  • "The Pedestal", a poem by Patti Smith from her 1996 book The Coral Sea
  • Operation Pedestal, British operation to get vital supplies to the island of Malta in August 1942 during World War II
  • Term used in electronic measurement for the measured value when no input signal is given.

Usage examples of "pedestal".

Sometimes the wolves would slink into the Lesser Town and attack the almsfolk foraging for scraps in the middens, and sometimes an almsman would be discovered dead in the snow, half naked and frozen stiff, still clutching his staff, looking like a statue toppled from its pedestal.

He saw that he was on the highest point of the island,a statue on this vast pedestal of granite, nothing human appearing in sight, while the blue ocean beat against the base of the island, and covered it with a fringe of foam.

Lavish floral displays in marble urns stood atop charcoal-gray pedestals in the main room, while areca palms potted in carved stone planters enlivened dark corners and long hallways.

Looking once more from the window, Bibbs sculptured for himself--in the vague contortions of the smoke and fog above the roofs--a gigantic figure with feet pedestaled upon the great buildings and shoulders disappearing in the clouds, a colossus of steel and wholly blackened with soot.

On each side of the stage, near the centre, place small pedestals, one and a half feet square, covered with green cambric, and decorated with bouquets of artificial or painted flowers.

The pedestals are two feet high, covered with pink cambric, and bordered with green leaves and flowers.

Between the windows, two pedestals, surmounted by busts of Mademoiselle Clairon and Mademoiselle Dangeville, stood, one on each side of the great regulator--made by Robin, clockmaker to the king--which dominated the bust of Moliere--after Houdon--seeming to keep guard over all this gathering of artistic glory.

Victorian-style furniture and, on a low pedestal, a neomarble statue of Clunky up on his hind legs with one paw to his brow and apparently looking far off.

The invert glorifies his narcissist, places him on a pedestal, endures any and all narcissistic devaluation with calm equanimity, impervious to the overt slights of the narcissist.

Myriad white beeswax candles in branched candelabra reflected in fanciful epergnes of crystal or silvered basketwork, golden salvers lifted on pedestals and filled with sweetmeats or condiments, sets of silver spice-casters elaborately gadrooned, their fretted lids decorated with intricately pierced patterns, crystal cruets of herbal vinegars and oils, porcelain mustard pots with a blue underglaze motif of starfish, oval dish-supports with heating-lamps underneath, mirrored plateaux and low clusters of realistic flowers and leaves made from silk.

There was a couch in gimbals, and there were control pedestals rooted in the tapering hull and converging on the couch.

Then, when Gio scrabbled for a handhold, his fingers clawed against the pedestal and tipped it slightly.

A bronze of Jook stood atop a low pedestal in the center of the sunburst-emblazoned chamber floor.

He manipulated the surface of the pedestal in a certain manner and Kirin watched his actions closely without seeming to.

Great hanging booms and pedestaled shutter-boxes, coils of boa-thick rubber cable and batteries of Kleig lights.