What does the word pediment mean?

Usage examples for pediment

  1. She recognized the objects around her, and that framework, so familiar to her piety of fervent Catholicism, the enormous square, the obelisk of Sixte- Quint in the centre, the fountains, the circular portico crowned with bishops and martyrs, the palace of the Vatican at the corner, and yonder the facade of the large papal cathedral, with the Saviour and the apostles erect upon the august pediment. – Cosmopolis, Complete by Paul Bourget Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  2. It was surmounted in front by a pediment; it had an elevated ground floor, which was reached from the outside by a circular flight of broad stone steps. – The Wandering Jew, Book II. by Eugene Sue
  3. It has fine Doric columns on the outside, and Ionic within, and the pediment groups are bas- reliefs, by Schwanthaler, representing scenes in modern Greek history. – Saunterings by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 22, 2009