ped·​i·​ment | \ ˈpe-də-mənt How to pronounce pediment (audio) \

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

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Other Words from pediment

pedimental \ ˌpe-​də-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce pediment (audio) \ adjective
pedimented \ ˈpe-​də-​ˌmen-​təd How to pronounce pediment (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pediment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The classic Pantheon Grille—the chrome columns and Greek-temple pediment on the radiator that makes a Rolls unmistakably a Rolls—has been softened and flattened. WSJ, 27 May 2021 However, tucked into one of those walls is an elegant but easily missed double door underneath a broken pediment leading to a true treasure trove filled with items that would fetch eye-popping sums at auction. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 21 May 2021 In the sanctuary, a replica of the Señor de Tula stands on a red marble pediment behind the altar, a replacement for the stainless-steel cross originally installed by the architects. New York Times, 15 Mar. 2021 Meigs had previously commissioned Crawford to sculpt the pediment for the Senate wing, The Progress of Civilization. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Feb. 2021 Other vestiges of the home’s once-decorative past: A narrow pediment hangs over the front door, which has flattened, faux columns on both sides. oregonlive, 8 Nov. 2020 Your secretary bookcase with the arched pediment top is a great vintage piece. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 11 June 2020 The intricate pediment ornamentation was recreated from stamped zinc, as on the original building. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2020 Its grammar of columns and capitals, pediments and proportions allows a wide range of expression. Myron Magnet, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of pediment

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pediment

alteration of obsolete English periment, probably alteration of English pyramid

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The first known use of pediment was in 1664

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30 May 2021

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“Pediment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pediment

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

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