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

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 troubles of the decaying steeple and its rotting pediment were well known to the interdenominational congregation of 150 families, affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 25 Mar. 2022 Why does the date on the pediment on the front of Arlington Memorial Amphitheater correctly show the year it was built — 1915 — as MCMXV, but the cornerstone on the amphitheater’s tomb side shows the year as MDCCCCXV. Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2021 The original wood pediment was about 10 inches deep. Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2021 Four massive columns support the triangular front pediment (gable), and large windows let in plenty of light. Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2021 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 See More

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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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“Pediment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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