base: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (bās), [key]
— n., adj., v., based, bas•ing.
- the bottom support of anything; that on which a thing stands or rests: a metal base for the table.
- a fundamental principle or groundwork; foundation; basis: the base of needed reforms.
- the bottom layer or coating, as of makeup or paint.
- the distinctively treated portion of a column or pier below the shaft or shafts. See diag. undercolumn.
- the distinctively treated lowermost portion of any construction, as a monument, exterior wall, etc.
- the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment.
- the point of attachment.
- the principal element or ingredient of anything, considered as its fundamental part: face cream with a lanolin base; paint with a lead base.
- that from which a commencement, as of action or reckoning, is made; a starting point or point of departure.
- any of the four corners of the diamond, esp. first, second, or third base. Cf. home plate.
- a square canvas sack containing sawdust or some other light material, for marking first, second, or third base.
- a starting line or point for runners, racing cars, etc.
- (in hockey and other games) the goal.
- a fortified or more or less protected area or place from which the operations of an army or an air force proceed.
- a supply installation for a large military force.
- the line or surface forming the part of a figure that is most nearly horizontal or on which it is supposed to stand.
- the number that serves as a starting point for a logarithmic or other numerical system.
- a collection of subsets of a topological space having the property that every open set in the given topology can be written as the union of sets of the collection.
- a collection of neighborhoods of a point such that every neighborhood of the point contains one from the collection.
- a collection of sets of a given filter such that every set in the filter is contained in some set in the collection.
- Also calledSee under(def. 1).
- vehicle (def. 10).
- Also calledcarrier.inert matter, used in the preparation of lakes, onto which a coloring compound is precipitated.
- a thin, flexible layer of cellulose triacetate or similar material that holds the light-sensitive film emulsion and other coatings, esp. on motion-picture film.
- a compound that reacts with an acid to form a salt, as ammonia, calcium hydroxide, or certain nitrogen-containing organic compounds.
- the hydroxide of a metal or of an electropositive element or group.
- a group or molecule that takes up or accepts protons.
- a molecule or ion containing an atom with a free pair of electrons that can be donated to an acid; an electron-pair donor.
- any of the purine and pyrimidine compounds found in nucleic acids: the purines adenine and guanine and the pyrimidines cytosine, thymine, and uracil.
- the part of a complex word, consisting of one or more morphemes, to which derivational or inflectional affixes may be added, as want in unwanted or biolog- in biological. Cf. root (def. 11), (def. 16).
- the component of a generative grammar containing the lexicon and phrase-structure rules that generate the deep structure of sentences.
- an electrode or terminal on a transistor other than the emitter or collector electrodes or terminals.
- the part of an incandescent lamp or electron tube that includes the terminals for making electrical connection to a circuit or power supply.
- the level at which a security ceases a decline in price.
- the lower part of an escutcheon.
- a tonlet formed of two shaped steel plates assembled side by side.
- pavilion (def. 6).
- See(def. 2).
- in the lower part of an escutcheon.
- The pitcher caught him off base and, after a quick throw, he was put out by the second baseman.
- Baseball.not touching a base:The pitcher caught him off base and, after a quick throw, he was put out by the second baseman.
- Informal.badly mistaken:The police were way off base when they tried to accuse her of the theft.
- having reached a base or bases: Two men are on base.
- to make contact with: They've touched base with every political group on campus.
- serving as or forming a base: The walls will need a base coat and two finishing coats.
- to make or form a base or foundation for.
- to establish, as a fact or conclusion (usually fol. by on or upon): He based his assumption of her guilt on the fact that she had no alibi.
- to place or establish on a base or basis; ground; found (usually fol. by on or upon): Our plan is based on a rising economy.
- to station, place, or situate (usually fol. by at or on): He is based at Fort Benning. The squadron is based on a carrier.
- to have a basis; be based (usually fol. by on or upon): Fluctuating prices usually base on a fickle public's demand.
- to have or maintain a base: I believe they had based on Greenland at one time.
Pronunciation: (bās), [key]
— adj., n. bas•er, bas•est,
- morally low; without estimable personal qualities; dishonorable; meanspirited; selfish; cowardly.
- of little or no value; worthless: hastily composed of base materials.
- debased or counterfeit: an attempt to eliminate the base coinage.
- characteristic of or befitting an inferior person or thing.
- of illegitimate birth.
- not classical or refined: base language.
- held by tenure less than freehold in return for a service viewed as somewhat demeaning to the tenant.
- base servitude.
- of humble origin or station.
- of small height.
- low in place, position, or degree:base servitude.
- deep or grave in sound; bass: the base tones of a piano.
- bass (defs. 3, 4).
- base (Thesaurus)
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