Definition of hypocaust in English:
An ancient Roman heating system, comprising a hollow space under the floor of a building, into which hot air was directed.
- Other mosaics, fountains and hypocausts came to light, and room after room as the palatial villa was uncovered.
- Following St Johns Street opposite Newgate Street are public gardens containing columns, a reconstructed hypocaust and various building fragments.
- This was done by using a furnace and the hypocaust system carried the heat around the complex.
From Latin hypocaustum, from Greek hupokauston 'place heated from below', from hupo 'under' + kau- (base of kaiein 'to burn').
Definition of hypocaust in:
- US English dictionary
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