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socle

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəʊk(ə)l
 
, ˈsɒk-/

Definition of socle in English:

noun

Architecture
A plain low block or plinth serving as a support for a column, urn, statue, etc. or as the foundation of a wall.
Example sentences
  • The building itself was in a starkly neoclassical style, with a long colonnade of flat, fluted piers without capitals or socles, and with triangular pediments adorned only with the raised letters of an inscription.
  • The epigraphic ensemble culminates in an extraordinary but poorly preserved rendition of the sultan's titles surrounding the lowest portion of the minaret, its octagonal socle.
  • The exterior elevation consists of three cylindrical shafts of decreasing thickness from bottom to top, set on an octagonal socle and reaching a total height of over 255 feet.

Origin

early 18th century: from French, from Italian zoccolo, literally 'wooden shoe', from Latin socculus, from soccus (see sock).

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