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stereobate Syllabification: ster·e·o·bate
Pronunciation: /ˈsterēəˌbāt/ /ˈsti(ə)r-/

Definition of stereobate in English:


A solid mass of masonry serving as a foundation for a wall or row of columns.
Example sentences
  • The monument is established on the round stereobate with four steps - the sign of four ends of the world.
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with stereobate

approbate • incubate

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