from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A wide, low-pitched gable surmounting the façade of a building in the Grecian style.
- noun A triangular element, similar to or derivative of a Grecian pediment, used widely in architecture and decoration.
- noun Geology A broad, gently sloping rock surface at the base of a steeper slope, often covered with alluvium, formed primarily by erosion.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In architecture, a low triangular part resembling a gable, crowning the fronts of buildings in the Greek styles, especially over porticos.
- noun Hence In decorative art, any member of similar outline, forming a triangular or segmental ornament rising above a horizontal band, as in ironwork; such a member above the opening of a screen or the like: it may be entirely open and consist of light scrollwork only.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Arch.) Originally, in classical architecture, the triangular space forming the gable of a simple roof; hence, a similar form used as a decoration over porticoes, doors, windows, etc.; also, a rounded or broken frontal having a similar position and use. See
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- noun architecture A classical
architectural elementconsisting of a triangularsection or gablefound above the horizontal superstructure( entablature) which lies immediately upon the columns; fronton
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- noun a triangular gable between a horizontal entablature and a sloping roof
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Supporting the pediment were a pair of beautiful, naked women—caryatids, she remembered from college art class—who, like Joss, accepted their fate with unblinking stoicism.
Above the pediment is a canopy with the Virgin and
The beauty of the marble from which stones and columns were cut might have seemed enough, but the builders carved groups of figures in the three-cornered space (called the pediment) in front between the roof and the stones resting upon the columns.
It is crowned with a pediment, which is too large for its span.
For them the misty goal is not even in sight; the vale is bounded by huge pine-clad precipices, wreathed with snow and crowned with cloud; but to Meyrick it does appear quite definitely what we are, and as for the end, well, the avenue of the world seems to lead up to a neat classical building with pillars and a pediment, that is called the temple of reason and common-sense.
In the pediment is the usual representation of the
In the angle of the pediment is the figure of an angel greeting the new-born spirit, and raising his hand, points to the place prepared for him in heaven.
Corinthian columns, surmounted by a half-circular pediment, which is richly ornamented.
Capitol a group apparently prepared for a pediment, which is by no means mean.
It is crowned with a pediment, which is too high for its span.