Pronunciation: (plinth), [key]
1. a slablike member beneath the base of a column or pier. See diag. under column.
2. a square base or a lower block, as of a pedestal.
3. Also called plinth' course". a projecting course of stones at the base of a wall; earth table.
4. (in joinery) a flat member at the bottom of an architrave, dado, baseboard, or the like.
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