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hy·po·caust

 (hī′pə-kôst′)
n.
A space under the floor of an ancient Roman building through which flue gases from a furnace were passed to heat a room or a bath.

[Latin hypocaustum, from Greek hupokauston, from hupokaiein, to light a fire beneath : hupo-, hypo- + kaiein, to burn.]

hypocaust

(ˈhaɪpəˌkɔːst)
n
(Archaeology) an ancient Roman heating system in which hot air circulated under the floor and between double walls
[C17: from Latin hypocaustum, from Greek hupokauston room heated from below, from hupokaiein to light a fire beneath, from hypo- + kaiein to burn]

hy•po•caust

(ˈhaɪ pəˌkɔst)

n.
a hollow space or system of channels in the floor or walls of some ancient Roman buildings that provided a central heating system by distributing the heat from a furnace.
[1670–80; < Latin hypocaustum < Greek hypókauston room heated from below =hypo- hypo- + kaustón, neuter of kaustós heated, burned; see caustic]

hypocaust

A space beneath the floor in an ancient Roman villa in which hot air from a fire or furnace was circulated to heat the house.
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As well as the impressive bathhouse, which is situated next to what would have been the commanding officer's residence, Binchester features Britain's only hypocaust - under-floor heating system - with its upper floor intact.
As well as the impressive bath house, which is situated next to what would have been the commanding officer's residence, Binchester features Britain's only hypocaust - under-floor heating system - with its upper floor intact.
The Spud-U-Like building is interesting as in the basement is an in situ 1,800-year-old Roman hypocaust - from the Greek word meaning "fire beneath" - which was a common form of central heating used by Romans.
In the past, several traditional heat recovery systems have been developed, such as the Roman hypocaust [9, 10], Korean ondol [11-14], Chinese kang [15-20], and others.
The Rows Revealed will unearth archaeological gems within the double-decker shopping galleries, such as a priest hole in Sofa Warehouse and a Roman hypocaust beneath Spudulike.
In autumn, air circulation fluctuated between 0 m/s in the hallway leading to John II basement and the basement in front of PRL and 0.3 m/s in the hypocaust.
TRNSYS model Type 360: Floor heating and hypocaust. Available at www.transsolar.com/_software/download/de/ts_type_360_de.pdf, consulted.
hypocaust), were dressed in white robes to process to the cathedral for
Archeologists unearthed a part of "caldarium" and also found "hypocaust system" of the bath.
These include a huge ornamental fireplace - so big it may once have hidden a priest hole - in Sofa Workshop and a hypocaust in the depths of Spud-u-Like where, around 2,000 years ago, water would have been heated for Roman baths.
With the exception of late antiquity hypocaust type systems in the Middle East, Europe's use of floor heating went into hibernation for many centuries while systems in Korea, China and parts of Japan continually evolved.