a hollow space or system of channels in the floor or walls of some ancient Roman buildings that provided a central heating system by receiving and distributing the heat from a furnace.
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How to use hypocaust in a sentence
It had no cloisters, no hypocaust, no suite or sequence of rooms.London | Walter Besant
A large hypocaust is described with 120 columns of bricks, and is thought to have belonged to the public baths.Nooks and Corners of English Life, Past and Present | John Timbs
Pliny describes a bedchamber in his villa warmed by the hypocaust and the tiles, with narrow openings.Nooks and Corners of English Life, Past and Present | John Timbs
It has a well-preserved hypocaust, or apparatus for warming the house by hot air.Highways and Byways in Cambridge and Ely | Rev. Edward Conybeare.
In Bridge Street is a hypocaust remaining just where the Romans left it.Cheshire | Charles E. Kelsey
British Dictionary definitions for hypocaust
an ancient Roman heating system in which hot air circulated under the floor and between double walls
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