a (1) : the lower part of a wall, pier, or column considered as a separate architectural feature
(2) : the lower part of a complete architectural design
b : the bottom of something considered as its support : FOUNDATION
c (1) : a side or face of a geometrical figure from which an altitude can be constructed; especially : one on which the figure stands
(2) : the length of a base

Introduction To Architecture Architectural Dictionary of Terms, Movements and Architects by Billie Grahm & Mike Garde. All rights reserved.

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