from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The sole of the foot. See sole.
  • noun Same as soleus.
  • noun In ichthyology, an old name of the sole-fish (as Klein, 1748), now the typical genus of the family Soleidæ, with various limits:
  • noun including all the species of the family, or
  • noun limited to the sole of the European seas and closely related species. See cut under sole.

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  • noun type genus of the Soleidae


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  • In the Byzantine Rite the Apostle may be read from an ambo; if there is none the reader stands at the "high place", the solea, that is, the raised platform in front of the iconostasis.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • The principal fish dependent on this teeming life are eel Anguilla anguilla, mullets Mugil cephalus and M. ramada, sole Solea solea, sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax, barbel Barbus barbus, shad Alosa fallax and anchovy Engraulis encrasicholus.

    Ichkeul National Park, Tunisia

  • He crossed the solea and came down among the parishioners.


  • The Romans made use of two kinds of shoes -- the solea, or sandal, which covered the sole of the foot, and was worn at home and in company, and the calceus, which covered the whole foot and was always worn with the toga when a person went abroad.

    Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889

  • The central area covered by the dome is the _solea_, the place for the choir of singers.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"

  • The _soccus_ was a slipper not tied, worn in the house; and the _solea_ a very light sandal, also used in the house only.

    The Story of Rome from the Earliest Times to the End of the Republic

  • The chief coverings for the feet were the _calceus_, which covered the whole foot, somewhat like our shoes, and was tied above with a _latchet_ or lace, and the _solea_, a slipper or sandal which covered only the sole of the foot, and was fastened on with leather thongs or strings.

    Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology For Classical Schools (2nd ed)

  • "_Mai non vo 'più cantar como io solea_," which he dedicated to Isabella d'Este and sent her with a letter expressing his conviction that no one before him had ever fully understood this profound and subtle poem.

    Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Milan, 1475-1497

  • "In sul paese chadice e po riga solea valore e cortesia trovar si prima che federigo Bavessi briga, or puo sicuramente indi passarsi per qualuuche lasciassi per vergogna di ragionar co buoni, e appressarsi."

    Val d'Arno

  • When he played solea, one of the traditional forms, he was tenacious and extravagant, hammering down runs with his fingering hand that ballooned out of the rhythmic patterns; he sounded natural, making decisions from moment to moment, without fetishizing the music's customary dynamic shifts.

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  • A raised part of the floor in front of the inner sanctuary of a church. (Citation at kyrie).

    August 16, 2008