Hypertext Webster Gateway: "pulpit"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

(Neh. 8:4). (See {EZRA}.)

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Pulpit \Pul"pit\, n. [L. pulpitum: cf. OF. pulpite, F.
1. An elevated place, or inclosed stage, in a church, in
which the clergyman stands while preaching.

I stand like a clerk in my pulpit. --Chaucer.

2. The whole body of the clergy; preachers as a class; also,

I say the pulpit (in the sober use Of its
legitimate, peculiar powers) Must stand
acknowledged, while the world shall stand, The most
important and effectual guard, Support, and ornament
of virtue's cause. --Cowper.

3. A desk, or platform, for an orator or public speaker.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Pulpit \Pul"pit\, a.
Of or pertaining to the pulpit, or preaching; as, a pulpit
orator; pulpit eloquence.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : a platform raised above the surrounding level to give
prominence to the person on it [syn: {dais}, {podium}, {rostrum},
{ambo}, {stump}, {soapbox}]

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