- a course of masonry, part of the stereobate, forming the foundation for a colonnade, especially the outermost colonnade.
Origin of stylobate
1555–65; < Latin stȳlobatēs, stȳlobata < Greek stȳlobátēs, equivalent to stȳlo- stylo-2 + -batēs (ba- (base of baínein to step) + -tēs agent suffix)
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Examples from the Web for stylobate
The letters are Greek capitals, written on the stylobate of the southern temple.Palestine
Claude Reignier Conder
The entire foundation of the temple, including the stereobate, the stylobate, and the remaining steps.History of Ancient Art
Franz von Reber
But if such a temple is to be constructed in peripteral form, let two steps and then the stylobate be constructed below.Ten Books on Architecture
The stylobate had therefore to be similarly curved so that the columns should be all of the same height.
At a distance of about 10 m. from the stylobate, the windows appeared in the middle of the intercolumniations.Problems in Periclean Buildings
G. W. Elderkin
- a continuous horizontal course of masonry that supports a colonnade
C17: from Latin stylobatēs, from Greek stulos pillar + -batēs, from bainein to tread, walk