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pyramid
top: Pyramid of Cheops
Giza, Egypt
bottom:schematic view of the interior of the Pyramid of Cheops
A. king's chamber
B. grand gallery
C. queen's chamber
D. subterranean chamber
E. entrance

pyr·a·mid

 (pĭr′ə-mĭd)
n.
1.
a. A solid figure with a polygonal base and triangular faces that meet at a common point.
b. Something shaped like this polyhedron.
2.
a. A massive monument of ancient Egypt having a rectangular base and four triangular faces culminating in a single apex, built over or around a crypt or tomb.
b. Any of various similar constructions, especially a four-sided Mesoamerican temple having stepped sides and a flat top surmounted by chambers.
3. The transactions involved in pyramiding stock.
4. Anatomy A structure or part suggestive of a pyramid in shape.
v. pyr·a·mid·ed, pyr·a·mid·ing, pyr·a·mids
v.tr.
1. To place or build in the shape of a pyramid.
2. To build (an argument or thesis, for example) progressively from a basic general premise.
3. To speculate in (stock) by making a series of buying and selling transactions in which paper profits are used as margin for buying more stock.
v.intr.
1. To assume the shape of a pyramid.
2. To increase rapidly and on a widening base.
3. To pyramid stocks.

[Latin pȳramis, pȳramid-, from Greek pūramis, of unknown origin.]

py·ram′i·dal (pĭ-răm′ĭ-dl), pyr′a·mid′ic (-mĭd′ĭk), pyr′a·mid′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
py·ram′i·dal·ly adv.

pyramid

(ˈpɪrəmɪd)
n
1. (Architecture) a huge masonry construction that has a square base and, as in the case of the ancient Egyptian royal tombs, four sloping triangular sides
2. an object, formation, or structure resembling such a construction
3. (Mathematics) maths a solid having a polygonal base and triangular sides that meet in a common vertex
4. (Chemistry) crystallog a crystal form in which three planes intersect all three axes of the crystal
5. (Anatomy) anatomy any pointed or cone-shaped bodily structure or part
6. (Banking & Finance) finance a group of enterprises containing a series of holding companies structured so that the top holding company controls the entire group with a relatively small proportion of the total capital invested
7. (Stock Exchange) chiefly US the series of transactions involved in pyramiding securities
8. (Billiards & Snooker) (plural) a game similar to billiards with fifteen coloured balls
vb
9. to build up or be arranged in the form of a pyramid
10. (Stock Exchange) chiefly US to speculate in (securities or property) by increasing purchases on additional margin or collateral derived from paper profits associated with high prices of securities and property in a boom
11. (Banking & Finance) finance to form (companies) into a pyramid
Also called (rare): pyramis
[C16 (earlier pyramis): from Latin pyramis, from Greek puramis, probably from Egyptian]
pyramidal, ˌpyraˈmidical, ˌpyraˈmidic adj
pyˈramidally, ˌpyraˈmidically adv

pyr•a•mid

(ˈpɪr ə mɪd)

n.
1. a massive quadrilateral masonry structure having smooth, steeply sloping sides meeting at an apex, as a tomb built in ancient Egypt, or stepped and sharply sloping sides, as a temple platform built in pre-Columbian Central America.
2. any object or arrangement of objects shaped like a pyramid.
3. a system or structure resembling a pyramid, as in hierarchical form.
4. a solid having a polygonal base, and triangular sides that meet in a point.
5. any crystalline form the planes of which intersect all three of the axes.
6. any of various anatomical parts or structures of pyramidal form.
7. the series of transactions involved in pyramiding.
v.i.
8. to take, or become disposed in, the form of a pyramid.
9. to speculate in securities trading by using paper profits as margin for additional buying and selling.
10. to increase gradually, as with the completion of each phase.
v.t.
11. to arrange in the form of a pyramid.
12. to raise or increase (costs, wages, etc.) by adding amounts gradually.
13. to cause to increase at a steady and progressive rate.
14. to employ in speculative pyramiding.
[1590–1600; < Latin pȳramid-, s. of pȳramis < Greek pȳramís; replacing earlier, Middle English pyramis < Latin, as above]
py•ram′i•dal (-ˈræm ɪ dl) pyr`a•mid′ic, pyr`a•mid′i•cal, adj.

Pyramid

 any material thing or group of objects in the shape of a pyramid.
Examples: pyramid of ambition, 1826; of white blossom, 1886; of bones, 1756; of books; of fame, 1670; of flame, 1651; of inference, 1882; of lawbooks, 1727; of men, 1831; of power, 1628.

pyramid


Past participle: pyramided
Gerund: pyramiding

Imperative
pyramid
pyramid
Present
I pyramid
you pyramid
he/she/it pyramids
we pyramid
you pyramid
they pyramid
Preterite
I pyramided
you pyramided
he/she/it pyramided
we pyramided
you pyramided
they pyramided
Present Continuous
I am pyramiding
you are pyramiding
he/she/it is pyramiding
we are pyramiding
you are pyramiding
they are pyramiding
Present Perfect
I have pyramided
you have pyramided
he/she/it has pyramided
we have pyramided
you have pyramided
they have pyramided
Past Continuous
I was pyramiding
you were pyramiding
he/she/it was pyramiding
we were pyramiding
you were pyramiding
they were pyramiding
Past Perfect
I had pyramided
you had pyramided
he/she/it had pyramided
we had pyramided
you had pyramided
they had pyramided
Future
I will pyramid
you will pyramid
he/she/it will pyramid
we will pyramid
you will pyramid
they will pyramid
Future Perfect
I will have pyramided
you will have pyramided
he/she/it will have pyramided
we will have pyramided
you will have pyramided
they will have pyramided
Future Continuous
I will be pyramiding
you will be pyramiding
he/she/it will be pyramiding
we will be pyramiding
you will be pyramiding
they will be pyramiding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pyramiding
you have been pyramiding
he/she/it has been pyramiding
we have been pyramiding
you have been pyramiding
they have been pyramiding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pyramiding
you will have been pyramiding
he/she/it will have been pyramiding
we will have been pyramiding
you will have been pyramiding
they will have been pyramiding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pyramiding
you had been pyramiding
he/she/it had been pyramiding
we had been pyramiding
you had been pyramiding
they had been pyramiding
Conditional
I would pyramid
you would pyramid
he/she/it would pyramid
we would pyramid
you would pyramid
they would pyramid
Past Conditional
I would have pyramided
you would have pyramided
he/she/it would have pyramided
we would have pyramided
you would have pyramided
they would have pyramided

pyramid

A massive ancient Egyptian building erected over or containing a tomb, with four triangular sides tapering to a point at the top.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pyramid - a polyhedron having a polygonal base and triangular sides with a common vertexpyramid - a polyhedron having a polygonal base and triangular sides with a common vertex
polyhedron - a solid figure bounded by plane polygons or faces
2.pyramid - (stock market) a series of transactions in which the speculator increases his holdings by using the rising market value of those holdings as margin for further purchases
securities market, stock exchange, stock market - an exchange where security trading is conducted by professional stockbrokers
venture, speculation - an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits; "he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it"
3.pyramid - a massive monument with a square base and four triangular sidesPyramid - a massive monument with a square base and four triangular sides; begun by Cheops around 2700 BC as royal tombs in ancient Egypt
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Seven Wonders of the World - impressive monuments created in the ancient world that were regarded with awe
Verb1.pyramid - enlarge one's holdings on an exchange on a continued rise by using paper profits as margin to buy additional amounts
investing, investment - the act of investing; laying out money or capital in an enterprise with the expectation of profit
benefit, profit, gain - derive a benefit from; "She profited from his vast experience"
2.pyramid - use or deal in (as of stock or commercial transaction) in a pyramid deal
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
sell, trade, deal - do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood; "She deals in gold"; "The brothers sell shoes"
3.pyramid - arrange or build up as if on the base of a pyramid
arrange, set up - put into a proper or systematic order; "arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"
4.pyramid - increase rapidly and progressively step by step on a broad base
increase - become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work increased"
Translations
شَكْل هَرَميهرمهَرَمهَرَم من أهرامات مِصْر الفرْعونيه
pyramidajehlan
pyramide
pyramidi
piramida
piramisgúla
pÿramídi
ピラミッド
피라미드
pyramis
piramidė
piramīda
piramidaostrosłup
pyramída
piramida
pyramid
ปิรามิด
kim tự tháp

pyramid

[ˈpɪrəmɪd]
A. Npirámide f
B. CPD pyramid selling Nventa f piramidal

pyramid

[ˈpɪrəmɪd] n
(= monument, building) → pyramide f
(GEOMETRY)pyramide f
(= pile) [objects] → pyramide f

pyramid

nPyramide f

pyramid

[ˈpɪrəmɪd] npiramide f

pyramid

(ˈpirəmid) noun
1. a solid shape usually with a square or triangular base, and sloping triangular sides meeting in a point.
2. an ancient tomb built in this shape in Egypt.

pyramid

هَرَم jehlan pyramide Pyramide πυραμίδα pirámide pyramidi pyramide piramida piramide ピラミッド 피라미드 piramide pyramide piramida pirâmide пирамида pyramid ปิรามิด piramit kim tự tháp 金字塔

pyr·a·mid

n. pirámide, estructura semejante a un cono, tal como la médula oblongata.
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He was the admiration of all the negroes; who, having gathered, of all ages and sizes, from the farm and the neighborhood, stood forming a pyramid of shining black faces at every door and window; gazing with delight at the scene; rolling their white eye-balls, and showing grinning rows of ivory from ear to ear.
At half past five he happened to turn around, and "beheld the glorious spectacle of the Matterhorn, just touched by the rosy-fingered morning, and looking like a huge pyramid of fire rising out of the barren ocean of ice and rock around it.
The fingers relaxed, I snatched mine through the hole, hurriedly piled the books up in a pyramid against it, and stopped my ears to exclude the lamentable prayer.
On the table stood a glass tank filled with water, and ornamented in the middle by a miniature pyramid of rock-work interlaced with weeds.
He touched it once more, wishing us a good journey; and we left him standing on the pavement, as respectable a mystery as any pyramid in Egypt.
He ceas'd; and SATAN staid not to reply, But glad that now his Sea should find a shore, With fresh alacritie and force renew'd Springs upward like a Pyramid of fire Into the wilde expanse, and through the shock Of fighting Elements, on all sides round Environ'd wins his way; harder beset And more endanger'd, then when ARGO pass'd Through BOSPORUS betwixt the justling Rocks: Or when ULYSSES on the Larbord shunnd CHARYBDIS, and by th' other whirlpool steard.
asked his companion as he spilled into his plate a little crimson pyramid of seeded strawberries and, through a perforated, shell-shaped spoon, snowed white sugar upon them.
A telephone switchboard is a pyramid of inventions.
True it is I am a gentleman of known house, of estate and property, and entitled to the five hundred sueldos mulct; and it may be that the sage who shall write my history will so clear up my ancestry and pedigree that I may find myself fifth or sixth in descent from a king; for I would have thee know, Sancho, that there are two kinds of lineages in the world; some there be tracing and deriving their descent from kings and princes, whom time has reduced little by little until they end in a point like a pyramid upside down; and others who spring from the common herd and go on rising step by step until they come to be great lords; so that the difference is that the one were what they no longer are, and the others are what they formerly were not.
The next day, Mademoiselle Cormon, packed into the old carriole with Josette, and looking like a pyramid on a vast sea of parcels, drove up the rue Saint-Blaise on her way to Prebaudet, where she was overtaken by an event which hurried on her marriage,--an event entirely unlooked for by either Madame Granson, du Bousquier, Monsieur de Valois, or Mademoiselle Cormon himself.
Passepartout, though he had not been able to study or rehearse a part, was designated to lend the aid of his sturdy shoulders in the great exhibition of the "human pyramid," executed by the Long Noses of the god Tingou.
An old piano, standing beneath a barometer, was covered with a pyramid of old books and boxes.