Meaning of pulpit

pul•pit

Pronunciation: (pool'pit, pul'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a platform or raised structure in a church, from which the sermon is delivered or the service is conducted.
  2. In attendance were representatives of medicine, the pulpit, and the bar.
    1. the clerical profession; the ministry.
    2. members of the clergy collectively:In attendance were representatives of medicine, the pulpit, and the bar.
  3. (esp. in Protestantism and Judaism) the position of pastor or rabbi: He heard of a pulpit in Chicago that was about to be vacated.
  4. preaching.
  5. (in small craft)
    1. a safety rail rising about 18 to 30 in. (48 to 76 cm) from the deck near the bow and extending around it.
    2. a similar rail at the stern.
  6. a control booth in a factory, usually elevated and glass-enclosed, from which an operator can observe and direct the manufacturing process.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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