Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The small pyramid which crowns or completes an obelisk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The small pyramid which crowns or completes an obelisk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, the apex in the shape of a small pyramid which often terminates the top of an obelisk, and was very commonly sheathed with a cap of metal: often applied to any comparatively small structure or member of pyramidal shape.

Etymologies

New Latin, from Latin pyramis. See pyramid (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "The heaviest damage appears to be concentrated at the very top of the monument, in what is called the pyramidion, where large cracks of up to 1 1/4 inch wide developed through stone and mortar joints," said Bob Vogel, superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks.

    CNN.com

  • "The heaviest damage appears to be concentrated at the very top of the monument, in what is called the pyramidion, where large cracks of up to 1 1/4 inch wide developed through stone and mortar joints," Vogel said.

    CNN.com

  • Seavers screamed and released his grip on the canister, which clanked down the pyramidion and disappeared into the darkness.

    The Atlantis Prophecy

  • Conrad knew the pyramidion was about 55 feet in height.

    The Atlantis Prophecy

  • Seavers climbed up the ladder into the 55-foot-tall structure above the shaft called the “pyramidion,” because of the way its four walls converged to form the point of the 555-foot-tall monument.

    The Atlantis Prophecy

  • Slowly he began his ascent in the dark toward the capstone at the top of the pyramidion as he listened to the strains of the Capitol Fourth concert outside.

    The Atlantis Prophecy

  • Interestingly, however, the golden pyramidion on the Paris Obelisk is only a very recent addition—it was added to the great stone needle in 1998.

    Seven Deadly Wonders

  • The sun reflecting off the golden pyramidion at its peak was blinding.

    Seven Deadly Wonders

  • The short inscriptions of the pyramidion bear the oval of the king and the name of the divinity.

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life

  • The pyramidion which terminates them generally represents in its sculptures the king who erected the obelisk making different offerings to the principal deity of the temple, and to other divinities.

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life

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