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science space and astronomy# Is a cone a pyramid?

Last Updated: 13th March, 2020

**cone**with a polygonal base is called a

**pyramid**. Depending on the context, "

**cone**" may alsomean specifically a convex

**cone**or a projective

**cone**.

**Cones**can also be generalized to higherdimensions.

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In respect to this, is a cone a pyramid yes or no?

I understand that a **pyramid** is a special case ofa **cone** and therefore you can refer a **pyramid** as a**cone** but not the other way around. In common usage, the word**cone** refers to a right circular **cone**, which is a**cone** whose base is a circle and whose vertex is directlyabove or below the center of the circle.

One may also ask, how are pyramids and cones different? A right circular **cone** is a circular **cone**whose altitude intersects the plane of the circle at the circle'scenter. It is easy to see the close relationship between**pyramids and cones**. The only **difference** is thebase--a **pyramid** is a **cone** with a polygonalbase.

Furthermore, is a cone a pyramid or prism?

A **cone** is a three-dimensional object with onecircular base and one curved side that meets at a point. A goodexample of a **cone** is an ice cream **cone**. Therelationship between a cylinder and a **cone** is similar to therelationship between a **pyramid** and a**prism**.

Is a cube a pyramid?

In math, a prism is a polyhedron made up of parallel topand bottom bases and rectangular side faces. **Pyramids** haveone base and triangular side faces, which meet at a central vertexpoint. A dice or **cube** is an example of a prism.