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pediment

[ped-uh-muh nt] /ˈpɛd ə mənt/
noun
1.
(in classical architecture) a low gable, typically triangular with a horizontal cornice and raking cornices, surmounting a colonnade, an end wall, or a major division of a façade.
2.
any imitation of this, often fancifully treated, used to crown an opening, a monument, etc., or to form part of a decorative scheme.
3.
Geology. a gently sloping rock surface at the foot of a steep slope, as of a mountain, usually thinly covered with alluvium.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; earlier pedament, pedement, alteration, by association with Latin pēs (stem ped-) foot, of earlier peremint, perhaps an unlearned alteration of pyramid; (def 3) by construal as pedi- + -ment
Related forms
pedimental
[ped-uh-men-tl] /ˌpɛd əˈmɛn tl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
pedimented
[ped-uh-men-tid, -muh n-] /ˈpɛd əˌmɛn tɪd, -mən-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples for pediment
  • Its fully pierced pediment resembles the strings on a harp or the ribs of a whale.
  • The entrance door and the large, triangle-shaped pediment above it are slightly off center.
  • The facade is accented by a slightly projecting central pavilion crowned by its own pediment.
  • In addition, an original sign was removed from the broken pediment between the third and fourth floors.
  • The entrance facade features a projecting pavilion of rusticated limestone with a crowning pediment.
  • In the center of the pediment is a semi-elliptical louvered vent.
  • The central bay is further accented by a fancifully shaped pediment with rondelle.
  • Double-tiered porticos feature pediment, slender columns, and arched entablature.
  • Two pediment gable dormers extend from the steep central gable, as does a large extended triangle gable with oval window recess.
  • Hood consists of a broken arch type pediment with fan rosettes and simple cove molding.
British Dictionary definitions for pediment

pediment

/ˈpɛdɪmənt/
noun
1.
a low-pitched gable, esp one that is triangular, as used in classical architecture
2.
a gently sloping rock surface, formed through denudation under arid conditions
Derived Forms
pedimental, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from obsolete periment, perhaps workman's corruption of pyramid
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Word Origin and History for pediment
pediment
triangular part of the facade of a Gk.-style building, 1664, alteration of periment, peremint (1592), apparently a dial. garbling of pyramid, the connection perhaps being the triangular shape. Sometimes associated with ped- "foot." But L. pedamentum meant "vine-stalk, prop," and It. pedamento at the time this word entered Eng. meant "foundation, basework, footing."
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pediment in Science
pediment
  (pěd'ə-mənt)   
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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