- a slablike member beneath the base of a column or pier.
- a square base or a lower block, as of a pedestal.
- Also called plinth course. a projecting course of stones at the base of a wall; earth table.
- (in joinery) a flat member at the bottom of an architrave, dado, baseboard, or the like.
Origin of plinth
Examples from the Web for plinth
I half-expected him to barnstorm out in riding boots and harangue us, Mussolini-style, underlit from a plinth.Obama Frees His Mojo
September 10, 2009
A giant toy duck was waddling on top of the fourth plinth when I arrived in Trafalgar Square mid-morning.London's Living Sculptures
August 6, 2009
As abruptly as he had leapt upon the plinth did he now leap down from it.Scaramouche
The plinth, or base, is but slightly moulded, and is 23 inches in height.Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury
H. J. L. J. Mass
But the lower will seem to be larger, because it will project to the edge of the plinth.Ten Books on Architecture
Mrs. Plinth looked disapproving, and Mrs. Ballinger visibly wavered.
Mrs. Plinth enquired, still distrustful of Mrs. Roby's thoroughness.
- Also called: socle the rectangular slab or block that forms the lowest part of the base of a column, statue, pedestal, or pier
- 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
- a flat block on either side of a doorframe, where the architrave meets the skirting
- a flat base on which a structure or piece of equipment is placed
Word Origin and History for plinth
1610s, from French plinthe (16c.) and directly from Latin plinthus, from Greek plinthos "brick, squared stone," cognate with Old English flint (see flint).