Pedestal vs Podium - What's the difference?

pedestal | podium |


As nouns the difference between pedestal and podium

is that pedestal is (architecture) the base or foot of a column, statue, vase, lamp while podium is a platform on which to stand, as when conducting an orchestra or preaching at a pulpit.

As verbs the difference between pedestal and podium

is that pedestal is to set or support on (or as if on) a pedestal while podium is (sports|proscribed) to finish in the top three at an event or competition.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

pedestal

Noun

(en noun)
  • (architecture) The base or foot of a column, statue, vase, lamp
  • (figuratively) A place of reverence or honor.
  • He has put his mother on a pedestal . You can't say a word against her.
  • (rail transport) A casting secured to the frame of a truck of a railcar and forming a jaw for holding a journal box.
  • (machining) A pillow block; a low housing.
  • (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.
  • (steam heating) a pedestal coil, group of connected straight pipes arranged side by side and one above another, used in a radiator.
  • Derived terms

    * pedestal coil * pedestal fan * place]] / [[set on a pedestal, set / put on a pedestal

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To set or support on (or as if on) a pedestal.
  • See also

    * (commonslite)

    podium

    English

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • A platform on which to stand, as when conducting an orchestra or preaching at a pulpit.
  • (proscribed) A stand used to hold notes when speaking publicly.
  • (sports, and, other competitions) A steepled platform upon which the three competitors with the best results may stand when being handed their medals or prize.
  • (sports) A result amongst the best three at a competition.
  • A low wall, serving as a foundation, a substructure, or a terrace wall.
  • # The dwarf wall surrounding the arena of an amphitheatre, from the top of which the seats began.
  • # The masonry under the stylobate of a temple, sometimes a mere foundation, sometimes containing chambers.
  • Synonyms

    * (stand used to hold notes when speaking publicly) lectern

    Usage notes

    Some people object to the “stand for holding notes” sense on the grounds that because of its etymology, podium ought to refer to something that is stood upon (or that at least pertains to the feet in some way), and that (lectern) should instead be used, as it refers to “reading”.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (sports, proscribed) To finish in the top three at an event or competition.
  • English words affected by prescriptivism ----