- (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)
verb (used with object)
- pyramid bet,
- pyramid letter,
- pyramid of light,
- pyramid of medulla oblongata,
- pyramid of tympanum
Origin of pyramid
Examples from the Web for pyramids
Unfortunately, dozens of pyramids are missing their peaks thanks to an overeager, gold-seeking explorer.
The pyramids of Meroe await a day when stability will allow outsiders to peek at a forgotten ancient kingdom.
He had aspired to construct an epic figure after visiting the pyramids and sphinxes of Egypt in 1855.128 Years Old and Still a Looker: Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty|Elizabeth Mitchell|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On a bus the way back from the Pyramids, we passed Gaza through a border crossing patrolled by Israel.
The second monster was an Englishman, Richard Vyse, who on a visit to Egypt in 1835 became fascinated by the pyramids of Giza.
Tura, the present site of the quarries of Memphis from which the stone for the pyramids was taken.The New York Obelisk|Charles E. Moldenke
All that we know is that they existed from the remotest period of which we have cognizance, long before the pyramids were built.Beacon Lights of History, Volume II|John Lord
The Ethiopian pyramids are all of much more elongated form than the old Egyptian ones.History Of Egypt, Chalda, Syria, Babylonia, And Assyria In The Light Of Recent Discovery|L.W. King and H.R. Hall
Just at noon we came in sight of the Pyramids, and in half an hour were driving through the streets of the capital of Egypt.From Egypt to Japan|Henry M. Field
IT is the story of the Ages—old when the Pyramids were yet young; new to every generation.The Economic Functions of Vice|John McElroy
Word Origin 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.
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.”)
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.