Definition of socle in English:

Share this entry

socle

Pronunciation: /ˈsäkəl/

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).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: so·cle

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.