Words at Play : In the Details: Architecture Terms Worth Looking At

#10: Pediment 

Definition:

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

About the Word:

There's no connection between the impediment that means "hindrance" and the pediment that is a feature of classic architecture. This pediment is believed to trace back to the word pyramid.

The pediment shown here appears on the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.

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