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
pedimentalplay \ˌpe-də-ˈmen-təl\ adjective
pedimentedplay \ˈpe-də-ˌmen-təd\ adjective
Recent Examples of pediment from the Web
Instead, a curving glass sail crowns the building like a 21st century pediment, hiding the elevator and window-washing equipment.
Like Thomas Jefferson's Virginia plantation, the miniature version in Italy has a portico with a pediment roof and is fronted by Doric columns.
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Origin and Etymology of pediment
alteration of obsolete English periment, probably alteration of English pyramid
First Known Use: 1664See Words from the same year
PEDIMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pediment for English Language Learners
: a triangular area on the face of a building below the roof, above an entrance, etc.
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