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From Middle French piédestal, from Italian piedistallo (pie "foot" di "of" stallo "stand") "footstall".


pedestal (plural pedestals)

  1. (architecture) The base or foot of a column, statue, vase, lamp
  2. (figuratively) A place of reverence or honor.
    He has put his mother on a pedestal. You can't say a word against her.
  3. (rail transport) A casting secured to the frame of a truck of a railcar and forming a jaw for holding a journal box.
  4. (machining) A pillow block; a low housing.
  5. (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.
  6. (steam heating) a pedestal coil, group of connected straight pipes arranged side by side and one above another, used in a radiator.

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pedestal (third-person singular simple present pedestals, present participle pedestaling, simple past and past participle pedestaled)

  1. To set or support on (or as if on) a pedestal.

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pedestal m (plural pedestais)

  1. (architecture) pedestal (the base or foot of a column, statue, vase, lamp, or the like)
  2. (figuratively) pedestal (a place of reverence or honor)



pedestal m (plural pedestales)

  1. pedestal