American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Architecture The immediate foundation of a row of classical columns. Also called stereobate.
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. It is distinguished from a pedestal, which, when it occurs in this use, supports only a single column. See cuts under
- n. The top step of the crepidoma, i.e. the platform upon which the superstructure of the building is erected.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Arch.) The uninterrupted and continuous flat band, coping, or pavement upon which the bases of a row of columns are supported. See sub-base.
- From Latin stylobata, from Ancient Greek στυλοβάτης, from στῦλος (stūlos, "pillar") + βαίνειν ("to go, to walk"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“They are without a base, placed instead directly on the "stylobate" - the top step of the colonnade's platform.”
“But if a podium is to be built on three sides round the temple, it should be so constructed that its plinths, bases, dies, coronae, and cymatiumare appropriate to the actual stylobate which is to be under the bases of the columns.”
“We began excavating on the Acropolis, and the first pit struck the stylobate of the temple, which we soon cleared off, as there was only from one to four feet of debris.”
“The main axis of the Temple was about 15 degrees South of East, and the peak of Lepethymnos was due South from the stylobate.”
“On the night of Nov. 28th when the North Star passed the meridian we set up the transit on the Temple stylobate and established a true N. and S. line!”
“Texier never saw the stylobate for his restoration of the plan is wrong.”
“The courses just laid consist of a short and a tall ashlar layer, crowned by a stylobate, bringing the current height of the structure to nearly eight m.”
“On top the stylobate of the 7 m tall naiskos, which will have to be placed on top of it.”
“View of the current northeast corner of the Northwest Heroon with some of the stylobate blocks of the naiskos back into their place.”
“Stones belonging to the stylobate (lowest row of stones) of the naiskos have been studied one by one for cracks that needed consolidation.”
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