- 1The base or support on which a statue, obelisk, or column is mounted: a bronze bust on a marble pedestalMore example sentences
- But the designs show two nude male statues on pedestals in the entrance hall below vast battle paintings and two more in the great domed central hall.
- However, a pillar should never be used as a supporting pedestal for another artwork.
- Some statues were erected on pedestals in sanctuaries exclusively meant for worship by the King and the priests.
- 1.1Each of the two supports of a kneehole desk or table.More example sentences
- However, once inside the tables have a single pedestal so tucking a chair in should be relatively easy.
- The monitor and keyboard sit on one side of the work space, and a niche in the desk's pedestal puts the printer within easy reach - but nearly out of sight.
- The table is carried back on its pedestal in harmonic motion with the saw, so the saw keeps its proper position in the table slot.
- 1.2The supporting column or base of a washbasin or toilet pan: [as modifier]: a pedestal washbasinMore example sentences
- The white suite comprises a bath, pedestal wash basin and toilet.
- The white suite comprises a corner bath, pedestal wash basin and toilet.
- Situated at the back of the house, this has a step-in shower, pedestal wash basin and toilet.
- 2A position in which someone is greatly or uncritically admired: It’s as if I’m on a pedestal and he worships me - I hate that last week’s leaders were knocked off their pedestal, losing their first game of the seasonMore example sentences
- Too often our African American heroes and heroines are placed on pedestals - far out of reach.
- The contest is wide open since Manchester United got knocked off their pedestal by Arsenal last season.
- There is much to be learned about a culture from those persons whom it places upon pedestals, whom it admires and emulates, whom it calls heroes.
verb (pedestals, pedestalling, pedestalled; US pedestals, pedestaling, pedestaled)[with object] (often as adjective pedestalled) Back to top
- Set or support on a pedestal: pedestalled dishesMore example sentences
- Pottery includes globular vessels with cylindrical necks, pedestalled bowls, and one-handled cups, sometimes with embossed ornament.
put (or place) someone on a pedestal
- Give someone uncritical respect or admiration; treat someone as an ideal rather than a real person: if you idolize a girl and put her on a pedestal, she will sense it instantlyMore example sentences
- Despite already owning a share of the wins record, Brodeur is not ready to put himself on a pedestal.
- Thus, Carly's love for performing has not led her to place herself on a pedestal.
- The message is simple yet pervasive: Be careful about who you put on a pedestal.
mid 16th century: from French piédestal, from Italian piedestallo, from piè 'foot' (from Latin pes, ped-, which later influenced the spelling) + di 'of' + stallo 'stall'.