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a. A wide, low-pitched gable surmounting the façade of a building in the Grecian style.
b. A triangular element, similar to or derivative of a Grecian pediment, used widely in architecture and decoration.
2. Geology A broad, gently sloping rock surface at the base of a steeper slope, often covered with alluvium, formed primarily by erosion.

[Alteration (influenced by Latin pēs, ped-, foot) of earlier perement, probably alteration of pyramid.]

ped′i·men′tal (-mĕn′tl) adj.
ped′i·ment′ed adj.
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1. (Architecture) a low-pitched gable, esp one that is triangular, as used in classical architecture
2. (Physical Geography) a gently sloping rock surface, formed through denudation under arid conditions
[C16: from obsolete periment, perhaps workman's corruption of pyramid]
ˌpediˈmental adj
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(ˈpɛd ə mənt)

1. (in classical architecture) a low triangular gable outlined by a horizontal cornice below and sloping cornices above, surmounting a colonnade, an end wall, or a major division of a facade.
2. a feature resembling this, used to crown an opening, monument, etc., or as decoration.
3. a gently sloping rock surface at the foot of a steep slope, usu. thinly covered with alluvium.
[1655–65; earlier pedament, pedement, alter., by association with Latin pēs (s. ped-) foot, of earlier peremint, perhaps alter. of pyramid; (definition 3) by construal as pedi- + -ment]
ped`i•men′tal (-ˈmɛn tl) adj.
ped′i•ment`ed, adj.
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Noun1.pediment - a triangular gable between a horizontal entablature and a sloping roofpediment - a triangular gable between a horizontal entablature and a sloping roof
gable, gable end, gable wall - the vertical triangular wall between the sloping ends of gable roof
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[ˈpedɪmənt] Nfrontón m
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nGiebeldreieck nt
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References in classic literature ?
It was necessarily larger, and it was properly ornamented with mouldings; still the steps continued to yield, and, at the moment when Elizabeth returned to her father’s door, a few rough wedges were driven under the pillars to keep them steady, and to prevent their weight from separating them from the pediment which they ought to have supported.
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.
Look at the Greek pediment inscribed upon the Roman pediment, and vice versa.
Their eyes swept the empty space between the three domes and the triangular pediment. She breathed freely over Paris, the whole valley of which was seen at work below.
There was a meagre portico of four columns, painted red, and a plain pediment, painted yellow.
They walked about, afterwards on the splendid terrace that surrounds the Capitol, the great marble floor on which it stands, and made vague remarks--Pandora's were the most definite--about the yellow sheen of the Potomac, the hazy hills of Virginia, the far-gleaming pediment of Arlington, the raw confused- looking country.
The friezes ornamented with arabesques, and the pediments which crowned the pilasters, conferred richness and grace on every part of the building, while the domes which surmounted the whole added proportion and majesty.
The black shadows of the pediments between each window, alternating with the strips of light, heightened the wan glare of the moonshine on the floor.
Based on calcium carbonate accumulations in the soils of the older pediment surface and alluvial fans, these deposits are probably from 8000 to 15,000 years old.
With his mentor, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, he designed New York City's archetypal post - World War II skyscraper, the Seagram Building; his most controversial work is the AT & T Building with its parodistic " Chippendale " pediment. He is the author of Machine Art (1934) and Mies Van Der Rohe (1947).
One half of the church's facade from the pediment down to the central portion of the second level collapsed.