stylobate

stylobate

[stahy-luh-beyt]
noun Architecture, (in a classical temple)
a course of masonry, part of the stereobate, forming the foundation for a colonnade, especially the outermost colonnade.

Origin:
1555–65; < Latin stȳlobatēs, stȳlobata < Greek stȳlobátēs, equivalent to stȳlo- stylo-2 + -batēs (ba- (base of baínein to step) + -tēs agent suffix)

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stylobate (ˈstaɪləˌbeɪt)
 
n
a continuous horizontal course of masonry that supports a colonnade
 
[C17: from Latin stylobatēs, from Greek stulos pillar + -batēs, from bainein to tread, walk]

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