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pediment

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noun ped·i·ment \ˈpe-də-mənt\

Simple Definition of pediment

  • : a triangular area on the face of a building below the roof, above an entrance, etc.

Full Definition of pediment

  1. 1 :  a triangular space that forms the gable of a low-pitched roof and that is usually filled with relief sculpture in classical architecture; also :  a similar form used as a decoration

  2. 2 :  a broad gently sloping bedrock surface with low relief that is situated at the base of a steeper slope and is usually thinly covered with alluvial gravel and sand

ped·i·men·tal play \ˌpe-də-ˈmen-təl\ adjective
ped·i·ment·ed play \ˈpe-də-ˌmen-təd\ adjective

Origin of pediment

alteration of obsolete English periment, probably alteration of English pyramid


First Known Use: 1664

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