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Fastigium vs. Pediment

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Fastigiumnoun

An apex or summit; culmination.

Pedimentnoun

(architecture) A classical architectural element consisting of a triangular section or gable found above the horizontal superstructure (entablature) which lies immediately upon the columns; fronton.

Fastigiumnoun

(architecture) A pediment or gable end.

Pedimentnoun

Originally, in classical architecture, the triangular space forming the gable of a simple roof; hence, a similar form used as a decoration over porticoes, doors, windows, etc.; also, a rounded or broken frontal having a similar position and use. See Temple.

Fastigiumnoun

(pathology) The most intense phase of a disease, especially a fever.

Pedimentnoun

a triangular gable between a horizontal entablature and a sloping roof

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Pedimentnoun

the triangular upper part of the front of a classical building, typically surmounting a portico.

Pedimentnoun

a triangular feature surmounting a door, window, or other part of a non-classical building.

Pedimentnoun

a broad, gently sloping expanse of rock debris extending outwards from the foot of a mountain slope, especially in a desert.

Pediment

A pediment is an architectural element found particularly in Classical, Neoclassical and Baroque architecture, and its derivatives, consisting of a gable, usually of a triangular shape, placed above the horizontal structure of the lintel, or entablature, if supported by columns. The tympanum, the triangular area within the pediment, is often decorated with relief sculpture.

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