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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pedestal a support or foundation "the base of the lamp"
    • n pedestal an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue)
    • n pedestal a position of great esteem (and supposed superiority) "they put him on a pedestal"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Detail of Pedestal Detail of Pedestal
Completed Pedestal Completed Pedestal

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Oscar statuette was designed by MGM's art director, Cedric Gibbons, in 1928. The design has remained unchanged, except for getting a higher pedestal in the 1940's.
    • Pedestal A casting secured to the frame of a truck and forming a jaw for holding a journal box.
    • Pedestal (Furniture) A part of a desk which contains a frame and drawers, stands on the floor, and provides support for the desk surface. There may be zero, one, or two such pedestals in a desk.
    • Pedestal A pillow block; a low housing.
    • Pedestal A short free-standing column or column-like object designed to support a work of art or other object; a column serving the same function as the base of a statue. It may be made of wood, marble, or other suitable material.
    • Pedestal An iron socket, or support, for the foot of a brace at the end of a truss where it rests on a pier.
    • Pedestal (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!”"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The right arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty crossed the Atlantic Ocean three times. It first crossed for display at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition and in New York, where money was raised for the foundation and pedestal. It was returned to Paris in 1882 to be reunited with the rest of the statue, which was then shipped back to the U.S.
    • n pedestal That which serves as a foot or support, particularly for a piece of sculpture, a monument, or other work of art. Specifically— In architecture, an insulated base or support for a column, a statue, or a vase. It consists typically of a base or foot, a die or dado, and a surbase, cornice or cap. See also cuts under acroterium, antefix, and dado.
    • n pedestal In machinery, the standards of a pillow-block, holding the brasses in which the shaft turns.
    • n pedestal In a railroad-car, a casting of inverted-U shape bolted to the truck-frame to hold in place the journal-box of the axle, which rises and falls in the pedestal with the collapse and expansion of the springs. (See cut under car-truck.) Called in England an axle-guard or horn-plate.
    • pedestal To place on a pedestal; support as a pedestal.
    • n pedestal In bridge-building, that portion of an abutment or pier which furnishes the immediate support for an end of a bridge truss or girder.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pedestal ped′es-tal anything that serves as a foot or a support: the foot or base of a pillar, &c.: the fixed casting which holds the brasses, in which a shaft turns, called also Axle-guard or Pillow-block
    • v.t Pedestal to place on a pedestal
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The True Artist has the planet for his pedestal; the adventurer, after years of strife, has nothing broader than his shoes.”


Put someone on a pedestal - If you put someone on a pedestal, you admire them greatly, idolise them.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. pedestal,; cf. F. piédestal, It. piedestallo,; fr. L. es, pedis, foot + OHG. stal, standing place, station, place, akin to E. stall,. See Foot, and Stall, and Footstall


In literature:

Were it not more reasonable for them to uphold the false gods safe and secure on their pedestals?
"The Brook Kerith" by George Moore
Not many months were needed to remove him from his pedestal.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
Its height is 76 feet, or with its pedestal, 114 feet.
"The Bay State Monthly - Volume 2, Issue 3, December, 1884" by Various
Mary's money will give him the pedestal he wants, and trust Cliffe to take care of his own individuality afterwards!
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Even if Cupid appeared, he was decorously framed or pedestaled.
"The Art of Interior Decoration" by Grace Wood
But to West belonged the shining pedestal in the innermost temple of her heart.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
Another signature, 'Robir,' is to be seen on the pedestal of a statue in the north porch.
"The Cathedral" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
He put woman on a pedestal and kept her there.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
On the pedestal are reliefs which represent the uniforms and weapons of the conquered armies.
"The Harris-Ingram Experiment" by Charles E. Bolton
Each is supported by an angel, and on the pedestal of the king his will is inscribed in letters of gold, upon a black marble slab.
"Paris: With Pen and Pencil" by David W. Bartlett

In poetry:

Keep to your lofty pedestals!
The safer plain below I choose
Who never wins can rarely lose,
Who never climbs as rarely falls.
"To James T. Fields" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Nor think some lofty pedestal,
Proud-lifted towards the skies,
The only plane where Worth can wrest
From Fame her highest prize:
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
The thousand painful steps at last are trod,
At last the temple's difficult door we win;
But perfect on his pedestal, the god
Freezes us hopeless when we enter in.
"Epigrams" by William Watson
The gods man makes he breaks; proclaims them each
Immortal, and himself outlives them all:
But whom he set not up he cannot reach
To shake His cloud-dark sun-bright pedestal.
"Epigrams" by William Watson
His tanned trousers form a pedestal,
Coarse tree-trunk rising from the earth with bark
Peeled away at the navel to show
Shining torso of sun-burnished god
Breast of lyre, mouth coining song.
"The Labourer In The Vineyard" by Stephen Spender
And we stopped beside the statue
Of the marble Venus there
Deeply pedestaled 'mid roses,
Who their crimson hearts laid bare,
Breathing out their lives in fragrance
At her naked feet and fair.
"Treachery" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Putting Your Wedding on a Pedestal .
Black History pioneer's words were her pedestal .
Allow me to get off of the Pop Culture Pedestal for a second and retell one of the most moving and inspiring stories I've ever heard, from my drama professor Sid Homan.
Great for holiday entertaining, a handblown, classic glass pedestal plate with dome is multipurpose and versatile.
The plant looks great in a hanging basket or on a pedestal.
Snow introduces to FABTECH attendees its lineup of SlimLine pedestal-type spot, projection and seam welders.
It has a pedestal, an altar, and a rotating ball—but no practical use.
Argentine leader puts Kirchner on Perons' pedestal.
The shuttle Atlantis is perched on a pedestal and wrapped in plastic to protect it.
ANTIQUE BATH TUB w/ pedestal base, 5ft, White $250 obo.
The NBA championship trophy was center stage, bathed in white light and sitting on a pedestal.
Picking the right cake pedestal is a good start—we walk you through the entire process, including how to keep the cake moist so the nuts stay in place.
Here's a view Salisburians haven't seen often over the past 100 years — the Confederate monument not on its granite pedestal in the median at West Innes and Church streets.
Armed with this new attitude, women pushed men off their pedestal (women had their own pedestal, but feminists convinced them otherwise) and climbed up to take what they were taught to believe was rightfully theirs.
Solid oak pedestal dining table (seats 4-6), $1000.

In science:

The clearly separated peaks correspond to the pedestal and observation of up to (cid:12)ve photoelectrons.
Cosmic ray tests of the D0 preshower detector
The narrow band images required a pedestal correction which we assumed was an additional constant in each quadrant of the chip (for more discussion on this see B¨oker et al. 1999).
A comparison between Pa alpha and H alpha emission: The relation between HII region mean reddening, local gas density and metallicity
The signal also contained a small pedestal of similar width as the envelope.
Contrast Interferometry Using Bose-Einstein Condensates to Measure h/m and the Fine Structure Constant
Therefore correlations become important, and the observed “pedestal effect” implies that the hard sub-collisions are not independent , indicating an impact parameter dependence such that central collisions have many mini-jets, while peripheral collisions have fewer mini-jets .
Small x Phenomenology: Summary and status 2002
Uncorrelated chains would be described by a Poissonian distribution, but the observed pedestal effect, mentioned above, makes it more likely that central collisions have more, and peripheral collisions fewer, chains.
Small x Phenomenology: Summary and status 2002