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ped·es·tal

 (pĕd′ĭ-stəl)
n.
1. An architectural support or base, as for a column or statue.
2. A support or foundation.
3. A position of high regard or adoration.
tr.v. ped·es·taled, ped·es·tal·ing, ped·es·tals or ped·es·talled or ped·es·tal·ling
To place on or provide with a pedestal.

[Obsolete French, from Italian piedistallo : piè, foot (from Latin pēs; see pedi-) + di, of (from Latin ; see de-) + stallo, stall (of Germanic origin; see stel- in Indo-European roots).]

pedestal

(ˈpɛdɪstəl)
n
1. (Architecture) 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. (Furniture)
a. either of a pair of sets of drawers used as supports for a writing surface
b. (as modifier): a pedestal desk.
[C16: from French piédestal, from Old Italian piedestallo, from pie foot + di of + stallo a stall]

ped•es•tal

(ˈpɛd ə stl)

n., v. -taled, -tal•ing (esp. Brit.) -talled, -tal•ling. n.
1. an architectural support for a column, statue, vase, or the like.
2. a supporting structure or piece; base.
3. a columnar support, often flaring outward at the bottom, for a tabletop or chair seat.
v.t.
4. to put on or supply with a pedestal.
Idioms:
set or put on a pedestal, to glorify; idealize.
[1555–65; < Middle French piedestal < Italian piedestallo, variant of piedistallo literally, foot of stall. See pedi-, stall1]

pedestal

- Comes from Old Italian piedestallo, a conflation of pie de stallo, "foot of a stall."
See also related terms for stall.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pedestal - a support or foundationpedestal - a support or foundation; "the base of the lamp"
brass monkey - a metal stand that formerly held cannon balls on sailing ships
staddle - a base or platform on which hay or corn is stacked
support - any device that bears the weight of another thing; "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"
trivet - a stand with short feet used under a hot dish on a table
trivet - a three-legged metal stand for supporting a cooking vessel in a hearth
2.pedestal - a position of great esteem (and supposed superiority); "they put him on a pedestal"
status, position - the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society; "he had the status of a minor"; "the novel attained the status of a classic"; "atheists do not enjoy a favorable position in American life"
3.pedestal - an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue)pedestal - an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue)
pillar, column - (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure
dado - the section of a pedestal between the base and the surbase
socle - a plain plinth that supports a wall
support - supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; "the statue stood on a marble support"

pedestal

noun support, stand, base, foot, mounting, foundation, pier, plinth, dado (Architecture), socle a bronze statue on a granite pedestal
put someone on a pedestal worship, dignify, glorify, exalt, idealize, ennoble, deify, apotheosize Since childhood, I put my parents on a pedestal.
Translations
قَدَم الإنسان، قاعِدَة العَمود
podstavec
piedestal
talapzat
fótstallur
pjedestalas
pjedestāls

pedestal

[ˈpedɪstl]
A. Npedestal m, basa f
to put sb on a pedestalponer a algn sobre un pedestal
to knock sb off his pedestalbajar los humos or el copete a algn
B. CPD pedestal basin Nlavabo m or lavamanos m inv con pie central
pedestal desk Nescritorio m con cajones a ambos lados
pedestal lamp Nlámpara f de pie

pedestal

[ˈpɛdɪstəl] npiédestal m
to put sb on a pedestal → mettre qn sur un piédestal

pedestal

nSockel m; to put or set somebody (up) on a pedestal (fig)jdn in den Himmel heben; to knock somebody off his pedestal (fig)jdn von seinem Sockel stoßen

pedestal

[ˈpɛdɪstl] npiedistallo
to put sb on a pedestal (fig) → mettere qn su un piedistallo

pedestal

(ˈpedistl) noun
the foot or base of a column, statue etc. The statue fell off its pedestal.
References in classic literature ?
Her back was straight, her shoulders square, and her features were as the features of a tiny goddess on a pedestal in a garden in the dim light of a summer evening.
A, lady--who had fed herself from childhood with the shadowy food of aristocratic reminiscences, and whose religion it was that a lady's hand soils itself irremediably by doing aught for bread,--this born lady, after sixty years of narrowing means, is fain to step down from her pedestal of imaginary rank.
A soldier -- New England's most distinguished soldier -- he stood firmly on the pedestal of his gallant services; and, himself secure in the wise liberality of the successive administrations through which he had held office, he had been the safety of his subordinates in many an hour of danger and heart-quake General Miller was radically conservative; a man over whose kindly nature habit had no slight influence; attaching himself strongly to familiar faces, and with difficulty moved to change, even when change might have brought unquestionable improvement.
Upon this, Daggoo, with either hand upon the gunwale to steady his way, swiftly slid aft, and then erecting himself volunteered his lofty shoulders for a pedestal.
Fortunately, we were not far from a very large glacier-table; it was a huge rock balanced on a pedestal of ice high enough to admit of our all creeping under it for GOWKARAK.
The children had taken the one small table in the house, and it was placed in the far corner of the room to serve as a pedestal.
There was I, then, mounted aloft; I, who had said I could not bear the shame of standing on my natural feet in the middle of the room, was now exposed to general view on a pedestal of infamy.
The firm pedestal of his philosophy sank under him; the prejudices of society recovered their hold on his mind.
Tom' was evidently the idol of her life; never to be shaken on his pedestal by any commotion; always to be believed in, and done homage to with the whole faith of her heart, come what might.
Love had fallen from his pedestal and been broken into a thousand pieces,--a heavy, dead thing he lay upon the threshold of my heart.
All were strangely shaped, and the Spy-glass, which was by three or four hundred feet the tallest on the island, was likewise the strangest in configuration, running up sheer from almost every side and then suddenly cut off at the top like a pedestal to put a statue on.
I want to place her on a pedestal of gold and to see the world worship the woman who is mine.