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1. A plain square block serving as a base for a sculpture, vase, or column.
2. A plain plinth supporting a wall.
[French, from Italian zoccolo, wooden shoe, from Latin socculus, diminutive of soccus, a kind of light shoe; see sock1.]
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(Architecture) another name for plinth1
[C18: via French from Italian zoccolo, from Latin socculus a little shoe, from soccus a sock1]
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so•cle(ˈsɒk əl, ˈsoʊ kəl)
a low, plain part forming a base for a column, pedestal, or the like; plinth.
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