from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ancient Egyptian tomb with a rectangular base, sloping sides, and a flat roof.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A wide stone bench built into the wall of a house, shop etc. in the Middle East.
- n. A rectangular structure with a flat top and slightly sloping sides, built during Ancient Egyptian times above tombs that were situated on flat land. Mastabas were made of wood, mud bricks, stone, or a combination of these materials. Some are solid structures, while others can contain one or more rooms, sometimes decorated with paintings or inscriptions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- In Mohammedan countries, a fixed seat, common in dwellings and in public places.
- A type of tomb, of the time of the Memphite dynasties, comprising an oblong structure with sloping sides (sometimes containing a decorated chamber, sometimes of solid masonry), and connected with a mummy chamber in the rock beneath.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The earliest form of Egyptian tomb, a building oblong or square in plan and having sloping sides and a flat roof. It covers the sepulchral pit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ancient Egyptian mud-brick tomb with a rectangular base and sloping sides and flat roof
Now, Saxonberg, I must tell you about that Egyptian tomb called a mastaba.
And there is in Egypt another form of pyramid called the mastaba, which, like the Mexican, was flattened on the top; while in Assyria structures flattened like the Mexican are found.
A mastaba is a flat-roofed, rectangular tomb with outward-sloping sides.
I pass through a fake mastaba, fashioned after massive structures slaves built above tombs in Saqqara and Giza.
It's giving her nightmares of beehive tombs, the subway system as a mastaba, too tight a fit for her.
Sculpted berms here, geometrically-patterned rows of exhaust stacks there, mastaba-shaped radar facility right over there, chalked footpaths everywhere.
It's truly Damascene with the low benches and cushions, almost like a mastaba, but with a craftsman-style wood pergola above.
Outside the Old Kingdom mastaba tomb of Mereri at Saqqara there is a false door of his wife Nebet aka Ibi, a priestess of Het-Hert.
Yes – I haz seen the Great Pyramids before, and krawled through a very small tunnel in a mastaba (raised burial site) that pre-dates the pyramids (like, it be really OLD!)
And how did a mastaba turn into the revolutionary pyramid structure?