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pedestal

[ped-uh-stl] /ˈpɛd ə stl/
noun
1.
an architectural support for a column, statue, vase, or the like.
2.
a supporting structure or piece; base.
3.
Furniture.
  1. a support for a desk, consisting of a boxlike frame containing drawers one above the other.
  2. a columnar support for a tabletop.
4.
Building Trades. a bulge cast at the bottom of a concrete pile.
verb (used with object), pedestaled, pedestaling or (especially British) pedestalled, pedestalling.
5.
to put on or supply with a pedestal.
Idioms
6.
set / put on a pedestal, to glorify; idealize:
When we first became engaged each of us set the other on a pedestal.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; alteration of Middle French piedestal < Italian piedestallo, variant of piedistallo literally, foot of stall. See ped-2, de, stall1
Related forms
unpedestal, verb (used with object), unpedestaled, unpedestaling or (especially British) unpedestalled, unpedestalling.
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Examples for pedestal
  • If he thinks he can still lecture us from his pedestal of wisdom, he's wasting our time.
  • It rests on a display pedestal in the entry to the new facility.
  • But tourists will not be allowed nearer than the monument's pedestal.
  • Those who cannot understand his methodology or his teaching have put him on a pedestal and worship him.
  • Because the piece is elevated on a pedestal in the middle of a gallery, you can't help but notice it.
  • We were about to be knocked off our egotistical little pedestal once again.
  • Sump pumps come in two styles, pedestal and submersible.
  • In the garden outside the chicken coop, a goat stands on a wooden box as if he were a statue on a pedestal.
  • The salt crystals are almost perfect cubes, and they help form a pedestal that supports the egg.
  • Its torso is mounted on an electronics-crammed pedestal.
British Dictionary definitions for pedestal

pedestal

/ˈpɛdɪstəl/
noun
1.
a base that supports a column, statue, etc, as used in classical architecture
2.
a position of eminence or supposed superiority (esp in the phrases place, put, or set on a pedestal)
3.
  1. either of a pair of sets of drawers used as supports for a writing surface
  2. (as modifier) a pedestal desk
Word Origin
C16: from French piédestal, from Old Italian piedestallo, from pie foot + di of + stallo a stall
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Word Origin and History for pedestal
pedestal
1563, "base supporting a column, statue, etc.," from M.Fr. piédestal (1547), from It. piedistallo "base of a pillar," from pie "foot" + di "of" + stallo "stall, place, seat." Spelling in Eng. influenced by L. pedem "foot." Fig. sense of put (someone) on a pedestal "regard as highly admirable" is attested from 1859.
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