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Definition of "hypocaust" [hyp•o•caust]

  • A space under the floor of an ancient Roman building where heat from a furnace was accumulated to heat a room or a bath. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hypocaust" in a sentence
  • "The stube, or stove, of a German inn, derived its name from the great hypocaust, which is always strongly heated to secure the warmth of the apartment in which it is placed."
  • "A dozen burials found in the surrounding hypocaust in the nineteenth century would be consistent with a graveyard around a church*."
  • "The hypocaust was rebuilt, and part of the suspended floor was found still intact when excavated in 1969."