plinth

[plinth]
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noun Architecture.
  1. a slablike member beneath the base of a column or pier.
  2. a square base or a lower block, as of a pedestal.
  3. Also called plinth course. a projecting course of stones at the base of a wall; earth table.
  4. (in joinery) a flat member at the bottom of an architrave, dado, baseboard, or the like.

Origin of plinth

1555–65; earlier plinthus < Latin < Greek plínthos plinth, squared stone, brick, tile
Related formsplinth·less, adjectiveplinth·like, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of plinth

  • I half-expected him to barnstorm out in riding boots and harangue us, Mussolini-style, underlit from a plinth.

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    Tina Brown

    September 10, 2009

  • A giant toy duck was waddling on top of the fourth plinth when I arrived in Trafalgar Square mid-morning.

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    Anthony Haden-Guest

    August 6, 2009

Historical Examples of plinth

  • As abruptly as he had leapt upon the plinth did he now leap down from it.

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    Rafael Sabatini

  • The plinth, or base, is but slightly moulded, and is 23 inches in height.

  • But the lower will seem to be larger, because it will project to the edge of the plinth.

  • Mrs. Plinth looked disapproving, and Mrs. Ballinger visibly wavered.

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    Edith Wharton

  • Mrs. Plinth enquired, still distrustful of Mrs. Roby's thoroughness.

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    Edith Wharton


British Dictionary definitions for plinth

plinth

noun
  1. Also called: socle the rectangular slab or block that forms the lowest part of the base of a column, statue, pedestal, or pier
  2. Also called: plinth course the lowest part of the wall of a building that appears above ground level, esp one that is formed of a course of stone or brick
  3. a flat block on either side of a doorframe, where the architrave meets the skirting
  4. a flat base on which a structure or piece of equipment is placed

Word Origin for plinth

C17: from Latin plinthus, from Greek plinthos brick, shaped stone
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Word Origin and History for plinth
n.

1610s, from French plinthe (16c.) and directly from Latin plinthus, from Greek plinthos "brick, squared stone," cognate with Old English flint (see flint).

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