[ sur-beyst ]
/ ˈsɜrˌbeɪst /
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adjective Architecture.

having a surbase.
depressed; flattened.
(of an arch) having a rise of less than half the span.



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Origin of surbased

1755–65; sur-1 + (a)based lowered; modeled on French surbaissé, equivalent to sur- (intensive) + baissé lowered
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  • We entered under a surbased vault, in the middle of which hung an iron lamp.

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British Dictionary definitions for surbased

/ (ˈsɜːˌbeɪst) /

adjective architect

having a surbase
(of an arch) having a rise of less than half the span
C18: from French surbaisser to depress, from sur- (intensive) + baisser to lower, from bas low; see base 1
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