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Definition of pedestal:

  1. A casting secured to the frame of a truck and forming a jaw for holding a journal box.
  2. A pillow block; a low housing.
  3. An iron socket, or support, for the foot of a brace at the end of a truss where it rests on a pier.
  4. The base or foot of a column, statue, vase, lamp, or the like; the part on which an upright work stands. It consists of three parts, the base, the die or dado, and the cornice or surbase molding. See Illust. of Column.

Synonyms:

groundwork, viewpoint, al-Qa'ida, stall, standpoint, basis, base, standstill, infrastructure, foundation, alkali, support, root, radical, floor, al-Qaeda, nucleotide, home, fundament, al-Qaida, sales booth, bag, bandstand, root word, plinth, point of view, base of operations, stem, cornerstone, stand, tie-up, understructure, column, substructure, radix, foot, outdoor stage, theme, footstall, rack.

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