Definition of stereobate in English:

stereobate

noun

Architecture
  • A solid mass of masonry serving as a foundation for a wall or row of columns.

    • ‘The Ionic Order is quite similar to the Doric; it consists of the three steps, stereobate and stylobate.’
    • ‘The stereobate sits at the bottom and arches onto the third floor.’
    • ‘I suspect that the stereobate of the Parthenon has a flat surface, the famous curvature being introduced in the stylobate.’
    • ‘The monument is established on the round stereobate with four steps - the sign of four ends of the world.’
    • ‘Columns were assembled by stacking column drums on the stereobate.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French stéréobate, via Latin from Greek stereobatēs, from Greek stereos ‘solid’ + batēs ‘base’ (from bainein ‘to walk’).

Pronunciation

stereobate

/ˈstɛrɪə(ʊ)beɪt//ˈstɪərɪə(ʊ)beɪt/