One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A solid mass of masonry serving as a foundation for a wall or row of columns.
- ‘I suspect that the stereobate of the Parthenon has a flat surface, the famous curvature being introduced in the stylobate.’
- ‘The stereobate sits at the bottom and arches onto the third floor.’
- ‘Columns were assembled by stacking column drums on the stereobate.’
- ‘The Ionic Order is quite similar to the Doric; it consists of the three steps, stereobate and stylobate.’
- ‘The monument is established on the round stereobate with four steps - the sign of four ends of the world.’
Mid 19th century: from French stéréobate, via Latin from Greek stereobatēs, from Greek stereos ‘solid’ + batēs ‘base’ (from bainein ‘to walk’).
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