from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A block or slab on which a pedestal, column, or statue is placed.
- n. The base block at the intersection of the baseboard and the vertical trim around an opening.
- n. A continuous course of stones supporting a wall. Also called plinth course.
- n. A square base, as for a vase.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A block or slab upon which a column, pedestal, or statue is based.
- n. The bottom course of stones or bricks supporting a wall.
- n. A base or pedestal beneath a cabinet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In classical architecture, a vertically faced member immediately below the circular base of a column; also, the lowest member of a pedestal; hence, in general, the lowest member of a base; a sub-base; a block upon which the moldings of an architrave or trim are stopped at the bottom. See Illust. of column.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, the flat square table or slab under the molding of the base of a Roman or Renaissance column, of which it constitutes the foundation, and the bottom of the order; also, an abacus; also, a square molding or table at the base of any architectural part or member, or of a pedestal, etc. See phrases below, and cuts under base, column, and capital.
- n. A gymnastic apparatus, a vaulting-box, consisting of several woodensections placed on top of one another, so as to make possible variations in height.
- n. An apparatus used in therapeutic gymnastics on which the patient sits or lies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue)
French plinthe, from Latin plinthus, from Greek plinthos, tile, plinth.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek πλίνθος (plinthos, "brick") (Wiktionary)