Pronunciation: (ped'u-stl), [key]
—n., v., -taled, -tal•ing or (esp. Brit.) -talled, -tal•ling.
1. an architectural support for a column, statue, vase, or the like. See diag. under column.
2. a supporting structure or piece; base.
a. a support for a desk, consisting of a boxlike frame containing drawers one above the other.
b. a columnar support for a tabletop.
4. Building Trades.a bulge cast at the bottom of a concrete pile.
5. set or put on a pedestal, to glorify; idealize: When we first became engaged each of us set the other on a pedestal.
to put on or supply with a pedestal.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.