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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ At the same time optional accessories, such as cornices, light pelmets and plinths, could also be changed.
▪ Peter is shown on the plinth, being taken by his father to be educated by the monks at Bridlington.
▪ The Colonel's brooding over his notebooks, and lying under his stone, and standing on his plinth on Montefiore Hill.
▪ The residential children sleep and eat in these areas, using the plinths as beds.
▪ The three central heating pump chambers are equally well-disguised by building over each a raised plinth, topped by a removable slab.
▪ We walked out for the victory ceremony and stood behind the plinth.
▪ We were surprised to find that the plinths used for exercise and as tables during the day are their beds at night!
▪ When he has good balance standing up, the forward plinth may be lowered, and a gymnastic ball placed on it.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Plinth \Plinth\, n. [L. plinthus, Gr. ? a brick or tile, a plinth, perh. akin to E. flint: cf. F. plinthe.] (Arch.) 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1610s, from French plinthe (16c.) and directly from Latin plinthus, from Greek plinthos "brick, squared stone," cognate with Old English flint (see flint).


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


n. an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue) [syn: pedestal, footstall]


In architecture, a plinth (from French plinthe, from Latin plinthus, from Greek πλίνθος plinthos, “brick”) is the base or platform upon which a column, pedestal, statue, monument or structure rests. Gottfried Semper's The Four Elements of Architecture (1851) 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 ("homestead 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".

Plinth (hieroglyph)

The Ancient Egyptian Plinth-(shaped) hieroglyph is Gardiner sign listed no. Aa15 for the shape of a plinth, side view.

Plinth (disambiguation)

Plinth may refer to:

  • Plinth, a base especially for statues, steles, etc.
  • Plinth (hieroglyph), an Egyptian language hieroglyph
  • Plinth Peak, of the Cascade Volcanic Arc

Usage examples of "plinth".

She was busy laying out her equipment on the stone plinth under the carving of Roh Betina, with her assistant, a young Samsui called Cycler Jhonni.

In the ghostly lambency of the streetlights the statue stood on his plinth, gazing down at her.

Nith Immmon for ten minutes along stone-clad corridors, through waiting areas flagged with agate tiles, down green-onyx and cor-blood-red-porphyry staircases, across abandoned skylit plazas, studded with obsidian plinths that had once held the trembling bodies of animals sacrificed to the Kun-dalan goddess Miina.

Much to his embarrassment, he discovered that statues of himself and Cassius were already under construction, and would go up on imposing plinths in the agora right next to the statues of the great Greek tyrannicides, Aristogeiton and Harmodius.

Venerable Bede was new-old: reinforced concrete buildings with precast columns, architraves, plinths, caryatids, and whatnot glued on the outside to simulate age.

They proved to be parts of the frieze on the plinth of the orthostat, the decorative inside sheathing of palace walls.

Then upon the dais he constructed another dais just large enough to hold a curule chair, a good foot taller than the rest of the platform, and faced with a plummy purple marble which had formed the plinth of the statue of Zeus.

While he watched, a hulking rock plinth heaved itself up out of the quaggy ground a few feet away, towered upward unbl its top vanished, stories above him, in the gray haze, then sank into the ground again.

The large glass doors opened on to a gloomy, marble- floored hall upon whose fairly lofty ceiling were depicted various scenes of a surgical or medical aspect, while round its dark oak-panelled walls stood an orderly row of dead and gone consultants, each on his plinth.

The vast square was surrounded at midlevel by arcaded corridors, their arched openings separated by polished columns of wildly variegated gold and green marble standing on square plinth blocks, each decorated with a medallion of a past ruler of one of the lands of the Midlands.

Forum statues from their plinths and pedestals and sent them to the Velabrum to be broken up.

The Pool of Curtius, the sacred trees, Scipio Africanus atop his tall column, the beaks of captured ships mounted on more columns, statues galore on imposing plinths glaring furiously like old Appius Claudius the Blind or looking smugly serene like wily and brilliant old Scaurus Princeps Senatus.

All any man has to do is look at the walls, the floors, the empty plinths and the absence of gifts to see what humiliation you have inflicted on Jupiter Optimus Maximus!

At irregular intervals there were sculpted heads on tall plinths of brown flecked marble.

In the centre was a low plinth, padded, with restraints set in each corner.