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

Examples of pediment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your secretary bookcase with the arched pediment top is a great vintage piece. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Honoring our national symbol: Yenke Peddler antiques column," 11 June 2020 The intricate pediment ornamentation was recreated from stamped zinc, as on the original building. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "A Slice of the Fulton Fish Market Gets A New Life," 28 Feb. 2020 Its grammar of columns and capitals, pediments and proportions allows a wide range of expression. Myron Magnet, WSJ, "Drain the Swamp of Ugly Architecture," 6 Feb. 2020 In a recent project that called for an eagle set in a pediment, Bedard adapted a historic example for a strikingly detailed bird. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Inside the Intricate Process of Decorative Plaster," 6 Dec. 2019 Characteristics of its Georgian Colonial style include its long, rectangular shape with an orderly symmetrical façade, and the paneled door with pediment, transom lights, and pilasters — all reflecting an interest in classicism. Nico Amarca, Marie Claire, "How to Spend 24 Hours in Salem, Massachusetts," 21 Oct. 2019 The new image depicts a stylized version of the pediment and cupola of the school’s facade, with a sunburst effect encircling the cupola., "Boston Latin School drops Romulus and Remus in bid to make school logo look like every other school logo," 11 Sep. 2019 Most of the houses are two or two-and-a-half stories tall, and the front doors typically boast a grander appearance than their predecessors had, with pediments and even columns accenting the entrance. Has the Revival Been Revived? Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Colonial Revival Design," 19 Nov. 2018 The drawing on the label is a doorway topped by an imposing neo-Georgian pediment. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Backed by his boss, John Howie, sommelier/master distiller Erik Liedholm pours his heart and talent into award-winning liquors," 20 June 2018

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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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22 Jun 2020

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“Pediment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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