pyramid

[ pir-uh-mid ]
/ ˈpɪr ə mɪd /
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noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

Origin of pyramid

1350–1400; < Latin pȳramid- (stem of pȳramis) < Greek pȳramís; replacing Middle English pyramis < Latin, as above

Related forms

pyr·a·mid·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pyramids

pyramid

/ (ˈpɪrəmɪd) /

noun


verb

Derived Forms

pyramidal (pɪˈræmɪdəl), pyramidical or pyramidic, adjectivepyramidally or pyramidically, adverb

Word Origin for pyramid

C16 (earlier pyramis): from Latin pyramis, from Greek puramis, probably from Egyptian
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Medicine definitions for pyramids

pyramid

[ pĭrə-mĭd ]

n.

A solid figure with a polygonal base and triangular faces that meet at a common point.
A structure or part shaped like a pyramid.

Related forms

py•rami•dal (pĭ-rămĭ-dl) adj.
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Culture definitions for pyramids (1 of 2)

pyramids

A group of huge monuments in the desert of Egypt (see also Egypt), built as burial vaults for ancient Egyptian kings. The age of pyramid building in Egypt began about 2700 b.c. (See under “World History to 1550.”)


Culture definitions for pyramids (2 of 2)

pyramids

A group of huge monuments in the Egyptian desert, built as burial vaults for the pharaohs and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The pyramids have square bases and four triangular faces. Pyramid building began in Egypt (see also Egypt) about 2700 b.c. and required vast amounts of slave labor.


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