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socle

[sok-uh l, soh-kuh l] /ˈsɒk əl, ˈsoʊ kəl/
noun, Architecture.
1.
a low, plain part forming a base for a column, pedestal, or the like; plinth.
Origin of socle
1695-1705
1695-1705; < French < Italian zoccolo wooden shoe, base of a pedestal < Latin socculus literally, little soccus; see sock1, -ule
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Historical Examples
  • In the socle beneath is Solon addressing the people of Athens.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • The height of the socle was six feet, and it was thirty-nine feet wide.

  • This will be a socle, and should be about one and a half to two inches high.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • The drawing in brown upon the socle beneath this fresco, is by Pierino del Vaga, and represents the death of Archimedes.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • Arrange them on a socle or on a mound of salad, and serve with them a Mayonnaise sauce and lettuce.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • The tomb comprises three pieces: one for the socle, one for the slab, and another for the cross.

    Over Strand and Field

    Gustave Flaubert
  • In the centre is placed a socle or pedestal of a glittering substance, like glass, but of what composition is not known.

    The Annals of the Cakchiquels Daniel G. Brinton
  • Two finely carved pyramids arose gloriously at the two extremes of the socle, which they confronted.

  • Ornament the top of socle with a star of aspic, or with a bunch of nasturtium, or other blossoms or leaves.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • The simplest way of making a socle is to take a loaf of stale bread, remove the crust, and cut the crumb to the desired shape.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
British Dictionary definitions for socle

socle

/ˈsəʊkəl/
noun
1.
another name for plinth (sense 1)
Word Origin
C18: via French from Italian zoccolo, from Latin socculus a little shoe, from soccus a sock1
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