Meaning of pedestal

ped•es•tal

Pronunciation: (ped'u-stl), [key]
— n., v., -taled, -tal•ing -talled, -tal•ling.
—n.
  1. an architectural support for a column, statue, vase, or the like. See diag. under
  2. a supporting structure or piece; base.
    1. a support for a desk, consisting of a boxlike frame containing drawers one above the other.
    2. a columnar support for a tabletop.
  3. a bulge cast at the bottom of a concrete pile.
  4. to glorify; idealize: When we first became engaged each of us set the other on a pedestal.
—v.t.
  1. to put on or supply with a pedestal.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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