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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (3)

1. a support or foundation;
- Example: "the base of the lamp"
[syn: base, pedestal, stand]

2. a position of great esteem (and supposed superiority);
- Example: "they put him on a pedestal"

3. an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue);
[syn: pedestal, plinth, footstall]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pedestal \Ped"es*tal\, n. [Sp. pedestal; cf. F. pi['e]destal, It. piedestallo; fr. L. es, pedis, foot + OHG. stal standing place, station, place, akin to E. stall. See Foot, and Stall, and Footstall.] 1. (Arch.) 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. [1913 Webster] Build him a pedestal, and say, "Stand there!" --Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: A short free-standing column or column-like object designed to support a work of art or other object; a column serving the same function as the base of a statue. It may be made of wood, marble, or other suitable material. [PJC] 3. (Furniture) A part of a desk which contains a frame and drawers, stands on the floor, and provides support for the desk surface. There may be zero, one, or two such pedestals in a desk. [PJC] 4. (a) (Railroad Cars) A casting secured to the frame of a truck and forming a jaw for holding a journal box. (b) (Mach.) A pillow block; a low housing. (c) (Bridge Building) An iron socket, or support, for the foot of a brace at the end of a truss where it rests on a pier. [1913 Webster] Pedestal coil (steam Heating), a group of connected straight pipes arranged side by side and one above another, -- used in a radiator. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

pedestal n 1: a support or foundation; "the base of the lamp" [syn: base, pedestal, stand] 2: a position of great esteem (and supposed superiority); "they put him on a pedestal" 3: an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue) [syn: pedestal, plinth, footstall]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

57 Moby Thesaurus words for "pedestal": aggrandize, apotheosize, baluster, balustrade, banister, base, caryatid, colonnade, column, dado, deify, die, dignify, elevate, ennoble, exalt, foot, footstalk, foundation, glorify, honor, idolize, jack, magnify, mounting, newel-post, pedicel, peduncle, pier, pilaster, pile, piling, pillar, platform, plinth, pole, post, queen-post, raise, revere, shaft, socle, staff, stalk, stanchion, stand, standard, stem, subbase, sublime, substructure, support, surbase, trunk, upright, uproar, worship