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Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

English

Pronunciation

\Ped"es*tal\

Etymology

From Middle French piédestal, from [[w:Template:lang:it language|Template:lang:it]][[Category:Template:lang:it derivations]] piedistallo (pie "foot" di "of" stall "stand") "footstall".

Noun

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pedestal

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pedestal ({{{1}}})
  1. (architecture) The base or foot of a column, statue, vase, lamp, or the like; the part on which an upright work stands. It consists of three parts, the base, the die or dado, and the cornice or surbase molding. See Illust. of {Column}.
    1. (Railroad Cars) A casting secured to the frame of a truck and forming a jaw for holding a journal box.
    2. (Mach.) A pillow block; a low housing.
    3. (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.
  2. Pedestal coil (steam Heating), a group of connected straight pipes arranged side by side and one above another, -- used in a radiator.

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