- (in ancient Egypt) a quadrilateral masonry mass having smooth, steeply sloping sides meeting at an apex, used as a tomb.
- (in ancient Egypt and pre-Columbian Central America) a quadrilateral masonry mass, stepped and sharply sloping, used as a tomb or a platform for a temple.
verb (used without object)
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Origin of pyramid
Examples from the Web for pyramid
As the pyramid grew, the teen struggled to manage his responsibilities at home, in school and with his sham company.
“This pyramid monster hotel will monopolize all the business in the city,” CEO Reto Wittwer said.
Finally, a pyramid constructed from Germany army helmets in New York City in 1918.
At the top of the pyramid is AQIM, under which are a myriad of different groups each with their own agendas.No Quick Fix For Mali: French Troops Can’t End Crisis|William Lloyd George|January 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When you take away the top of the pyramid, it literally looks like a different shape.Matt Damon and John Krasinski Talk About Their Bromance, ‘Promised Land,’ and More|Kevin Fallon|December 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Instead of this he leaped over to a pile of rocks that chanced to lie close by, forming a species of pyramid.The Boy Scouts Along the Susquehanna|Herbert Carter
Had this covering remained intact it would be impossible to climb the pyramid of Cheops.The Critic in the Orient|George Hamlin Fitch
These, standing on into changed times, strike the imagination as forcibly as any pyramid or feudal tower.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition|Robert Louis Stevenson
In the zenith—that is, above the top of the Pyramid—is a triangle surrounded by a glory; and in the centre is an all-seeing eye.The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882|Joseph Wild
A great advance in the manufacture of pottery was achieved during the Pyramid Age, when the potter's wheel was invented.The New Gresham Encyclopedia|Various
British Dictionary definitions for pyramid
Word Origin for pyramid
Word Origin and History for pyramid
1550s (earlier in Latin form piramis, late 14c.), from French pyramide (Old French piramide "obelisk, stela," 12c.), from Latin pyramides, plural of pyramis "one of the pyramids of Egypt," from Greek pyramis (plural pyramides) "a pyramid," apparently an alteration of Egyptian pimar "pyramid." Financial sense is from 1911. Related: Pyramidal.