pediment


ped·i·ment

noun \ˈpe-də-mənt\

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

Full Definition of PEDIMENT

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
:  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 \ˌpe-də-ˈmen-təl\ adjective
ped·i·ment·ed \ˈpe-də-ˌmen-təd\ adjective

Origin of PEDIMENT

alteration of obsolete English periment, probably alteration of English pyramid
First Known Use: 1664

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Rhymes with PEDIMENT

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