Stylobate

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stylobate (Arch) The uninterrupted and continuous flat band, coping, or pavement upon which the bases of a row of columns are supported. See Sub-base.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stylobate In architecture, a continuous basement upon which columns are placed to raise them above the level of the ground or a floor; particularly, the uppermost step of the stereobate of a columnar building, upon which rests an entire range of columns. It is distinguished from a pedestal, which, when it occurs in this use, supports only a single column. See cuts under base and stereobate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stylobate stī′lō-bāt the substructure of a temple beneath the columns.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. stylobates, stylobata, Gr. styloba`ths; sty^los a pillar + ba`ths one that treads, fr. bai`nein to go
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. stylobatēsstylos, a column, bainein, to go.

Usage

In literature:

They both stood upon a platform twelve steps above the forum, themselves raised further by seven steps and a stylobate.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
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