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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pedestal, plinth, footstallnoun

    an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue)


  1. plinthnoun

    A block or slab upon which a column, pedestal, or statue is based.

  2. plinthnoun

    The bottom course of stones or bricks supporting a wall.

  3. plinthnoun

    A base or pedestal beneath a cabinet.

  4. Etymology: From πλίνθος

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Plinthnoun

    In architecture, is that square member which serves as a foundation to the base of a pillar; Vitruvius calls the upper part or abacus of the Tuscan pillar, a plinth, because it resembles a square tile: moreover, the same denomination is sometimes given to a thick wall, wherein there are two or three bricks advanced in form of a platband. John Harris

    Etymology: πλίνϑις.


  1. plinth

    A pedestal (from French piédestal, Italian piedistallo 'foot of a stall') or plinth is a support at the bottom of a statue, vase, column, or certain altars. Smaller pedestals, especially if round in shape, may be called socles. In civil engineering, it is also called basement. The minimum height of the plinth is usually kept as 45 cm (for buildings). It transmits loads from superstructure to the substructure and acts as the retaining wall for the filling inside the plinth or raised floor. In sculpting, the terms base, plinth, and pedestal are defined according to their subtle differences. A base is defined as a large mass that supports the sculpture from below. A plinth is defined as a flat and planar support which separates the sculpture from the environment. A pedestal, on the other hand, is defined as a shaft-like form that raises the sculpture and separates it from the base.An elevated pedestal or plinth that bears a statue, and which is raised from the substructure supporting it (typically roofs or corniches), is sometimes called an acropodium. The term is from Greek ἄκρος ákros 'topmost' and πούς poús (root ποδ- pod-) 'foot'.


  1. plinth

    A plinth is a flat, sturdy base or platform that is usually square or rectangular in shape, often used to support and elevate statues, columns, or other architectural elements. It is typically made of stone, brick, or concrete, and serves as a decorative or functional element in various structures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plinthnoun

    in classical architecture, a vertically faced member immediately below the circular base of a column; also, the lowest member of a pedestal; hence, in general, the lowest member of a base; a sub-base; a block upon which the moldings of an architrave or trim are stopped at the bottom. See Illust. of Column

  2. Etymology: [L. plinthus, Gr. a brick or tile, a plinth, perh. akin to E. flint: cf. F. plinthe.]


  1. Plinth

    In architecture, a plinth is the base or platform upon which a column, pedestal, statue, monument or structure rests. Gottfried Semper's The Four Elements of Architecture posited that the plinth, the hearth, the roof, and the wall make up all of architectural theory. The plinth usually rests directly on the ground, or "stylobate". According to Semper, the plinth exists to negotiate between a structure and the ground. Semper's theory has been influential in the development of architecture. Many houses in flood-prone rural areas of Bangladesh are built on plinths. The word is also used for the base of a cabinet or an audio turntable. In dam engineering, the "plinth" is the link between the ground and the dam. For the case of arch dams, the term is changed to "pulvino".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plinth

    plinth, n. (archit.) the square at the bottom of the base of a column: the projecting band at the bottom of a wall. [L. plinthus, Gr. plinthos, a brick.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plinth in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plinth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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  1. Liza Bilal:

    In the summer I saw a group of White supremacists. I think there were maybe around 200-300 guarding the Cenotaph [ war memorial ] which is next to the plinth from which Edward Colston was torn down.

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