Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a support or foundation
  2. (noun, artifact) a place that the runner must touch before scoring
  3. (noun, artifact) (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector
  4. (noun, artifact) installation from which a military force initiates operations
  5. (noun, artifact) a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit
  6. (noun, artifact) the principal ingredient of a mixture
    he told the painter that he wanted a yellow base with just a hint of green
    everything she cooked seemed to have rice as the base
  7. (noun, artifact) lowest support of a structure
    he stood at the foot of the tower
  8. (noun, artifact) the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area
  9. (noun, cognition) the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
  10. (noun, communication) (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed
  11. (noun, communication) a lower limit
  12. (noun, group) a terrorist network intensely opposed to the United States that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist groups; has cells in more than 50 countries
  13. (noun, location) the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end
  14. (noun, location) (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment
  15. (noun, object) the bottom or lowest part
  16. (noun, quantity) (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place
  17. (noun, linkdef) the most important or necessary part of something
  18. (noun, shape) the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed
  19. (noun, substance) any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water
  20. (noun, substance) a phosphoric ester of a nucleoside; the basic structural unit of nucleic acids (DNA or RNA)
  21. (verb, cognition) use as a basis for; found on
  22. (verb, consumption) use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
  23. (verb, stative) situate as a center of operations
  24. (adj, all) debased; not genuine
  25. (adj, all) illegitimate
  26. (adj, all) having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
    taking a mean advantage
    chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort
    something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics
  27. (adj, all) of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)
    of humble (or lowly) birth
  28. (adj, all) serving as or forming a base
  29. (adj, all) not adhering to ethical or moral principles
    a base, degrading way of life
    cheating is dishonorable
    they considered colonialism immoral
    unethical practices in handling public funds
  30. (adj, all) (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal
    a base metal

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Base

  1. "bottom, foundation, pedestal," early 14c., from O.Fr. bas "depth" (12c.), from L. basis "foundation," from Gk. basis "step, pedestal," from bainein "to step" (see come). The military sense is from 1860. The chemical sense (1810) was introduced in French 1754 by Fr. chemist Guillaume-Fran?ois Rouelle (1703-1770). The verb meaning "to place on a found… more
  2. late 14c., from O.Fr. bas (Mod.Fr. bas) "low, lowly, mean," from L.L. bassus "thick, stumpy, low" (used only as a cognomen in classical Latin, humilis being there the usual word for "low in stature or position"), possibly from Oscan, or Celtic, or related to Gk. basson, comparative of bathys "deep." Figurative sense of "low in the moral… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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