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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 of surbase

  • 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


  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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