- a support for a desk, consisting of a boxlike frame containing drawers one above the other.
- a columnar support for a tabletop.
verb (used with object), ped·es·taled, ped·es·tal·ing or (especially British) ped·es·talled, ped·es·tal·ling.
- pedestal table,
- pedestrian crossing,
Origin of pedestal
Examples from the Web for pedestal
But whereas we used to be satisfied gazing on that perfection as it stood up on a pedestal, now we want it down among us.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year|Kevin Fallon|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Almost a decade later Olmstead has stepped down from her pedestal to focus more of her time on sports and friends.
Her very first sculpture, a metallic chrome unicorn aptly titled “Space Oracle,” sits on a pedestal directly in front.
The151-foot newborn waited in the harbor on her 171-foot pedestal, a huge French flag fluttering over her dark copper face.128 Years Old and Still a Looker: Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty|Elizabeth Mitchell|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A delicious marble Cupid appeared to have just alighted on his pedestal at the upper end of the room.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Usually under each large statue was carved a pedestal scene having some connection with it.How France Built Her Cathedrals|Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
The walk around the arena was an eternity, and then it was over and done with, and he had mounted his pedestal.The Executioner|Frank Riley
The Hermiac statue, which they venerate in Cyllenê above other symbols, is an erect Phallus on a pedestal.
His example may well speak in silent impressiveness, bringing us down from our pedestal of pride.The Mind of Jesus|John R. Macduff
Not one of the party, with perhaps an exception, should have liked to fire the shot that would have tumbled it from its pedestal.The Scalp Hunters|Mayne Reid
- either of a pair of sets of drawers used as supports for a writing surface
- (as modifier)a pedestal desk
Word Origin for pedestal
1560s, "base supporting a column, statue, etc.," from Middle French piédestal (1540s), from Italian piedistallo "base of a pillar," from pie "foot" + di "of" + stallo "stall, place, seat," from a Germanic source (see stall (n.1)).
Spelling in English influenced by Latin pedem "foot." An Old English word for it was fotstan, literally "foot-stone." Figurative sense of put (someone) on a pedestal "regard as highly admirable" is attested from 1859.
see on a pedestal.