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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 ?
A seat protruded from each of the four sides of the pedestals--just a flat board with a support running from its outer end diagonally to the base of the pedestal.
At last, being very angry, he took his image down from its pedestal and dashed it against the wall.
Shortly afterwards the Idol's worshippers held a great religious ceremony at the base of his pedestal, and as a part of the rites the Missionary was roasted whole.
Then my eye travelled along to the figure of the White Sphinx upon the pedestal of bronze, growing distinct as the light of the rising moon grew brighter.
John Carter," he cried, "take your place upon the Pedestal of Truth to be judged impartially according to your acts and here to know the reward you have earned thereby.
On the cloth being removed Don Antonio, taking Don Quixote by the hand, passed with him into a distant room in which there was nothing in the way of furniture except a table, apparently of jasper, resting on a pedestal of the same, upon which was set up, after the fashion of the busts of the Roman emperors, a head which seemed to be of bronze.
While this passed, Hester Prynne had been standing on her pedestal, still with a fixed gaze towards the stranger -- so fixed a gaze that, at moments of intense absorption, all other objects in the visible world seemed to vanish, leaving only him and her.
Some little display in architecture had been made in constructing these frames and casings, which were surmounted with pediments, that bore each a little pedestal in its centre; on these pedestals were small busts in blacked plaster-of-Paris.
Falling - her veriest stepping-stone Shall form the pedestal of a throne - And who her sovereign?
If she had any sense of humour, it must amuse her that he should place her on a pedestal and worship her with such an honest idolatry, but even while she laughed she must have been pleased and touched.
And only that feeling placed him on that highest human pedestal from which he, the commander in chief, devoted all his powers not to slaying and destroying men but to saving and showing pity on them.
Dorothy was astonished and delighted to find a tin statue of herself standing on a tin pedestal at a bend in the avenue leading up to the entrance.