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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A molding or border above the base of a structure such as a baseboard.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • To depress; flatten.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Arch.) A cornice, or series of moldings, on the top of the base of a pedestal, podium, etc. See Illust. of column.
  • noun A board or group of moldings running round a room on a level with the tops of the chair backs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun architecture the uppermost part of the moulding of a baseboard, a pedestal or a similar construct
  • verb architecture to lower the rise of an arch

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the molding or border above the base of a structure (a pedestal or podium or wall)

Etymologies

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From sur- +‎ base

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