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"pyramid" in British English

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pyramidnoun [C]

uk   /ˈpɪr.ə.mɪd/  us   /ˈpɪr.ə.mɪd/
C1 a ​solidobject with a ​squarebase and four triangularsides that ​form a ​point at the ​top
a ​pile of things that has the ​shape of a pyramid: The ​acrobatsformed a pyramid by ​standing on each other's ​shoulders.figurative Many ​organizations have a pyramid structure (= there are fewer ​people at the ​toplevels of them than there are at the ​bottom).
the pyramids [plural] (also the Pyramids)
a ​group of ​ancient pyramid-shaped ​structuresbuilt in Egypt as tombs (= ​places to ​burypeople) for the Pharaohs (= ​kings of Ancient Egypt)

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(Definition of pyramid from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pyramid" in American English

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pyramidnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpɪr·əˌmɪd/
geometry a ​solidshape with a ​flat, ​squarebase and four ​flat, ​triangularsides which ​slopeinward and ​meet to ​form a ​point at the ​top
A pyramid is also a ​pile of things that has a ​triangularshape: The ​acrobatsformed a pyramid by ​standing on each other’s ​shoulders.
biology A pyramid is also a ​representation of a ​system with more ​items at the ​bottom and fewer at the ​top, for ​example, of the ​effect that one ​living thing has on another in the ​foodchain.
(Definition of pyramid from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pyramid" in Business English

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pyramidnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpɪrəmɪd/
an ​organization or ​system that has few ​people in ​topmanagement and a lot of ​employees at the ​bottom
(Definition of pyramid from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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