[ ster-ee-uh-beyt, steer- ]

  1. the foundation or base upon which a building or the like is erected.

  2. the solid platform forming the floor and substructure of a classical temple; crepidoma; podium.

Origin of stereobate

1830–40; <Latin stereobatēs<Greek stereobatḗs, equivalent to stereo-stereo- + -batēs walker (see stylobate)

Other words from stereobate

  • ster·e·o·bat·ic [ster-ee-uh-bat-ik, steer-], /ˌstɛr i əˈbæt ɪk, ˌstɪər-/, adjective

Words Nearby stereobate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stereobate in a sentence

  • The entire foundation of the temple, including the stereobate, the stylobate, and the remaining steps.

    History of Ancient Art | Franz von Reber
  • At another point in the circumference of this temple there is a stereobate of a more complicated description.

  • When the whole flat surface forming the floor of the passageway (see Pteroma) is considered, the word stereobate is employed.

    How to judge architecture | Russell Sturgis

British Dictionary definitions for stereobate


/ (ˈstɛrɪəʊˌbeɪt, ˈstɪər-) /

  1. another name for stylobate

  2. a foundation of a building in the form of a platform of masonry

Origin of stereobate

C19: via Latin, from Greek stereobatēs from stereos solid + -batēs base, from bainein to walk

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