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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Architecture The immediate foundation of a row of classical columns. Also called stereobate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The top step of the crepidoma, i.e. the platform upon which the superstructure of the building is erected.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The uninterrupted and continuous flat band, coping, or pavement upon which the bases of a row of columns are supported. See sub-base.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.

Etymologies

Latin stȳlobata, from Greek stūlobatēs : stūlos, pillar; see stā- in Indo-European roots + bainein, to walk; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin stylobata, from Ancient Greek στυλοβάτης, from στῦλος (stūlos, "pillar") + βαίνειν ("to go, to walk"). (Wiktionary)

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  • ex) The floor of the Parthenon

    The temple, wrote John Julius Norwich, "Enjoys the reputation of being the most perfect Doric temple ever built. Even in antiquity, its architectural refinements were legendary, especially the subtle correspondence between the curvature of the stylobate, the taper of the naos walls and the entasis of the columns."

    May 27, 2008