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[stahy-luh-beyt] /ˈstaɪ ləˌbeɪt/
noun, Architecture. (in a classical temple)
a course of masonry, part of the stereobate, forming the foundation for a colonnade, especially the outermost colonnade.
Origin of stylobate
1555-65; < Latin stȳlobatēs, stȳlobata < Greek stȳlobátēs, equivalent to stȳlo- stylo-2 + -batēs (ba- (base of baínein to step) + -tēs agent suffix) Unabridged
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  • The lower part of the stylobate bears lozenge-shapen compartments enclosing roses and lilies.

    The Churches of Paris S. Sophia Beale
  • The entire foundation of the temple, including the stereobate, the stylobate, and the remaining steps.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • The original building was approached by a stylobate of three steps which greatly added to its dignity and proportion.

    Venice and its Story Thomas Okey
  • stylobate: The flat, continuous surface upon which the columns stand, as in a colonnade.

    How to judge architecture Russell Sturgis
  • Upon this pavement rested the foundations of the stylobate surrounding the pyramid.

  • A flight of steps, enclosed between two walls of the same height as the stylobate, led up to the portico.

  • The letters are Greek capitals, written on the stylobate of the southern temple.

    Palestine Claude Reignier Conder
  • Its stylobate raised it well above 398the plain, while the steps in front gave meaning and accent to its elevation.

  • At a distance of about 10 m. from the stylobate, the windows appeared in the middle of the intercolumniations.

  • They both stood upon a platform twelve steps above the forum, themselves raised further by seven steps and a stylobate.

    The Shores of the Adriatic F. Hamilton Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for stylobate


a continuous horizontal course of masonry that supports a colonnade
Word Origin
C17: from Latin stylobatēs, from Greek stulos pillar + -batēs, from bainein to tread, walk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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