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.
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)