[ped-uh-stl] /ˈpɛd ə stl/
an architectural support for a column, statue, vase, or the like.
a supporting structure or piece; base.
Building Trades. a bulge cast at the bottom of a concrete pile.
verb (used with object), pedestaled, pedestaling or (especially British) pedestalled, pedestalling.
to put on or supply with a pedestal.
set / put on a pedestal, to glorify; idealize:
When we first became engaged each of us set the other on a pedestal.
a base that supports a column, statue, etc, as used in classical architecture
a position of eminence or supposed superiority (esp in the phrases place, put, or set on a pedestal)
1560s, “base supporting a column, statue, etc.,” from Middle French piédestal (1540s), from Italian piedistallo “base of a pillar,” from pie “foot” + di “of” + stallo “stall, place, seat,” from a Germanic source (see stall (n.1)).
Spelling in English influenced by Latin pedem “foot.” An Old English word for it was fotstan, literally “foot-stone.” Figurative sense of put (someone) on a pedestal “regard as highly admirable” is attested from 1859.
see: on a pedestal
noun 1. a table supported upon a central shaft, or upon several shafts along its centerline, each resting upon a spreading foot or feet.
[puh-des-tree-uh n] /pəˈdɛs tri ən/ noun 1. a person who goes or travels on foot; walker. adjective 2. going or performed on foot; walking. 3. of or relating to walking. 4. lacking in vitality, imagination, distinction, etc.; commonplace; prosaic or dull: a pedestrian commencement speech. /pɪˈdɛstrɪən/ noun 1. adjective 2. dull; commonplace: a pedestrian style […]
- Pedestrian crossing
noun 1. (Brit) a path across a road marked as a crossing for pedestrians US and Canadian name crosswalk See also zebra crossing, pelican crossing
[puh-des-tree-uh-niz-uh m] /pəˈdɛs tri əˌnɪz əm/ noun 1. the exercise or practice of walking. 2. commonplace or prosaic manner, quality, etc.