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surbase

[sur-beys]
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noun Architecture.
  1. a molding above a base, as that immediately above a baseboard, the crowning molding of a pedestal, etc.
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Origin of surbase

First recorded in 1670–80; sur-1 + base1
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Examples from the Web for surbase

Historical Examples

  • For a final safeguard, Garson searched for and found the telephone bell-box on the surbase below the octagonal window.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Beneath the surbase, the panels, as also those of the door, were covered with arabesques.

  • The queen's throne room is really most splendidly finished, the walls and mouldings gilt, and the surbase of fine blue marble.

  • On the landing dainty little fluted pilasters support the surbase, their fine scale lending much grace and refinement.

  • Usually this surbase is molded to resemble the upper fascia or the complete architrave of the various orders.


British Dictionary definitions for surbase

surbase

noun
  1. the uppermost part, such as a moulding, of a pedestal, base, or skirtingCompare subbase
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Derived Formssurbasement, noun
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