American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A molding or border above the base of a structure such as a baseboard.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To depress; flatten.
- n. In architecture, the crowning molding or cornice of a pedestal; a border or molding above a base, as the moldings immediately above the base-board or wainscoting of a room. See cut under dado.
- n. architecture the uppermost part of the moulding of a baseboard, a pedestal or a similar construct
- v. architecture to lower the rise of an arch
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Arch.) A cornice, or series of moldings, on the top of the base of a pedestal, podium, etc. See
- n. A board or group of moldings running round a room on a level with the tops of the chair backs.
- n. the molding or border above the base of a structure (a pedestal or podium or wall)
- From sur- + base (Wiktionary)
“Rub the bedsteads in the joints with equal parts of spirits of turpentine and kerosene oil, and the cracks of the surbase in rooms where there are many.”
“The best parlor is a little, dingy room, low of ceiling, and skirted with a sombre-colored surbase, above which is papering, the original color of which it would be difficult to discover.”
“She stood kicking her heel against the surbase, silently watching the sparkling machine.”
“The house is large and there was a number of apartments lighted up, which received great Addition from the manner in which all the fine rooms are furnished here, which is up to the surbase, where our rooms are painted, with a sort of china-tiles, as we do the inside of chimneys in England.”
“For a final safeguard, Garson searched for and found the telephone bell-box on the surbase below the octagonal window.”
“In Paris there was no one afraid of her; no humble matrons to quail as her severe eyes surveyed wall and ceiling, floor and surbase.”
“To the top of the surbase is fourteen feet from the ground; on this rests a sarcophagus, seven feet three inches high, from which rises an obelisk forty-two feet eight inches in height, and the apex is two feet one inch.”
“On the surbase is an inscription from the pen of Dr. Mills, stating the fact of the erection of the monument at the expense of Lord Dalhousie,”
“Where, round the hall, the oak's high surbase rears”
“If so, you'd better (puff) some for dinner, and get the best (wheeze) decanters out; and, Murry Ann, there are two gibbeys on the (puff) surbase at the back of the bed, which you may as well (puff) away.”
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Decorative trims and moldings and their elements, from room-scale to whole-building-scale, including, of course, ovolo.
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