[ster-ee-uh-beyt, steer-]
noun Architecture.
  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.
Compare stylobate.

Origin of stereobate

1830–40; < Latin stereobatēs < Greek stereobatḗs, equivalent to stereo- stereo- + -batēs walker (see stylobate)
Related formsster·e·o·bat·ic [ster-ee-uh-bat-ik, steer-] /ˌstɛr i əˈbæt ɪk, ˌstɪər-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for stereobate


  1. another name for stylobate
  2. a foundation of a building in the form of a platform of masonry

Word Origin for stereobate

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