- The definition of base is something that forms a foundation.
An example of something that is base is the first coat of paint.
- Base is defined as the lowest part of something or the part which supports the rest.
- An example of a base is the bottom supporting part of a basketball hoop.
- An example of a base is the reason someone may give for being in favor of a referendum.
- An example of a base is primer that is put on the wall before painting.
- A base is one of the squares to which a baseball player must run after the player, or a teammate, hits the ball.
An example of a base is home plate.
- To base is defined as to make a determination, to create groundwork or to place something somewhere.
- An example of base is forming an opinion on your background knowledge.
- An example of base is developing a plan upon your financial ability to make it work.
- An example of base is to locate a company in Washington D.C.
A base coat of paint is applied.
- the thing or part on which something rests; lowest part or bottom; foundation
- the fundamental or main part, as of a plan, organization, system, theory, etc.
- the principal or essential ingredient, or the one serving as a vehicle: paint with an oil base
- anything from which a start is made; basis
- the point of attachment of a part of the body: the base of the thumb
- a center of operations or source of supply; headquarters, as of a military operation or exploring expedition
- the bottommost layer or coat, as of paint
- a makeup cream to give a desired color to the skin, esp. in the theater
- Archit. the lower part, as of a column, pier, or wall, regarded as a separate unit
- Baseball any of the four objects at the four corners of the infield that must be reached safely one after the other to score a run: three (first base, second base, and third base) are set above the ground while the fourth (home plate) is set flush with the ground
- any compound that can react with an acid to form a salt, the hydroxyl of the base being replaced by a negative ion: in modern theory, any substance that produces a negative ion and donates electrons to an acid to form covalent bonds: in water solution a base tastes bitter, turns red litmus paper blue, and, in dissociation theory, produces free hydroxyl ions
- any of the two purines (adenine or guanine) or three pyrimidines (thymine, cytosine, or uracil) that are the key building blocks of nucleic acid
- Dyeing a substance used for fixing colors
- Electronics in some transistors, the region or layer of semiconductor material, acting as an electrode, that separates the emitter from the collector and receives an electric current of electrons or holes
- Geom. the line or plane upon which a figure is thought of as resting: the base of a triangle
- Heraldry the lower portion of a shield
- Linguis. any morpheme to which prefixes, suffixes, etc. are or can be added; stem or root
- a whole number, esp. 10 or 2, made the fundamental number, and raised to various powers to produce the major counting units, of a number system; radix
- any number raised to a power by an exponent
- a starting or reference figure or sum upon which certain calculations are made
Origin of baseMiddle English ; from Old French bas ; from Classical Latin basis, basis
- Baseball not touching the base
- Slang taking a position or attitude that is unsound or in error
touch all the bases☆
touch baseor touch bases☆
- having or showing little or no honor, courage, or decency; mean; ignoble; contemptible: a base coward, base ingratitude
- of a menial or degrading kind: base servitude
- inferior in quality
- Now Rare not classical or cultivated: base Latin
- of comparatively low worth: iron is a base metal, gold a precious one
- debased or counterfeit: base coin
- having the low feudal status of villein
- held by one having this status: base tenure
- Archaic low in height; short
- Archaic of servile, humble, or illegitimate birth
- Obsolete low or inferior in place or position
- Obsolete bass
Origin of baseMiddle English and amp; Old French bas ; from Vulgar Latin bassus, thick, stumpy, low
- The lowest or bottom part: the base of a cliff; the base of a lamp.
- Biology a. The part of a plant or animal organ that is nearest to its point of attachment.b. The point of attachment of such an organ.
- a. A supporting part or layer; a foundation: a skyscraper built on a base of solid rock.b. A basic or underlying element; infrastructure: the nation's industrial base.
- The fundamental principle or underlying concept of a system or theory; a basis.
- A fundamental ingredient; a chief constituent: a paint with an oil base.
- The fact, observation, or premise from which a reasoning process is begun.
- a. Games A starting point, safety area, or goal.b. Baseball Any one of the four corners of an infield, marked by a bag or plate, that must be touched by a runner before a run can be scored.
- a. A center of organization, supply, or activity; a headquarters.b. The portion of a social organization, especially a political party, consisting of the most dedicated or motivated members.
- a. A fortified center of operations.b. A supply center for a large force of military personnel.
- A facial cosmetic used to even out the complexion or provide a surface for other makeup; a foundation.
- Architecture The lowest part of a structure, such as a wall, considered as a separate unit: the base of a column.
- Heraldry The lower part of a shield.
- Linguistics A morpheme or morphemes regarded as a form to which affixes or other bases may be added.
- Mathematics a. The side or face of a geometric figure to which an altitude is or is thought to be drawn.b. The number that is raised to various powers to generate the principal counting units of a number system. The base of the decimal system, for example, is 10.c. The number raised to the logarithm of a designated number in order to produce that designated number; the number at which a chosen logarithmic scale has the value 1.
- A line used as a reference for measurement or computations.
- Chemistry a. Any of a class of compounds whose aqueous solutions are characterized by a bitter taste, a slippery feel, the ability to turn litmus blue, and the ability to react with acids to form salts.b. A substance that yields hydroxide ions when dissolved in water.c. A substance that can act as a proton acceptor.d. A substance that can donate a pair of electrons to form a covalent bond.
- Electronics a. The region in a transistor between the emitter and the collector.b. The electrode attached to this region.
- One of the nitrogen-containing purines (adenine and guanine) or pyrimidines (cytosine, thymine, and uracil) that occurs attached to the sugar component of DNA or RNA.
- Forming or serving as a base: a base layer of soil.
- Situated at or near the base or bottom: a base camp for the mountain climbers.
- Chemistry Of, relating to, or containing a base.
transitive verbbased based, bas·ing, bas·es
- To form or provide a base for: based the new company in Portland.
- To find a basis for; establish: based her conclusions on the report; a film based on a best-selling novel.
- To assign to a base; station: troops based in the Middle East.
Origin of baseMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin basis, from Greek; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
- Having or showing a lack of decency; contemptible, mean-spirited, or selfish.
- a. Being a metal that is of little value.b. Containing such metals: base coins.
- Archaic Of low birth, rank, or position.
- Obsolete Short in stature.
Origin of baseMiddle English bas, low, from Old French, from Medieval Latin bassus.
- Something from which other things extend; a foundation.
- A supporting, lower or bottom component of a structure or object.
- The starting point of a logical deduction or thought; basis.
- A permanent structure for housing military personnel and material.
- The place where decisions for an organization are made; headquarters.
- (cooking, painting, pharmacy) A basic but essential component or ingredient.
- A substance used as a mordant in dyeing.
- (chemistry) Any of a class of generally water-soluble compounds, having bitter taste, that turn red litmus blue, and react with acids to form salts.
- Important areas in games and sports.
- (architecture) The lowermost part of a column, between the shaft and the pedestal or pavement.
- (biology, biochemistry) A nucleotide's nucleobase in the context of a DNA or RNA biopolymer.
- (botany) The end of a leaf, petal or similar organ where it is attached to its support.
- (electronics) The name of the controlling terminal of a bipolar transistor (BJT).
- (geometry) The lowest side of a in a triangle or other polygon, or the lowest face of a cone, pyramid or other polyhedron laid flat.
- (mathematics) A number raised to the power of an exponent.
- The logarithm to base 2 of 8 is 3.
- (mathematics) Alternative to radix.
- (topology) The set of sets from which a topology is generated.
- (topology) A topological space, looked at in relation to one of its covering spaces, fibrations, or bundles.
- (cheerleading) A cheerleader who stays on the ground.
- (linguistics) A morpheme (morphemes) that serves as a basic foundation on which affixes can be attached.
- (music) Dated form of bass.
- (military, historical) The smallest kind of cannon.
- (heraldry) The lower part of the field. See escutcheon.
- The housing of a horse.
- (historical, in the plural) A kind of skirt (often of velvet or brocade, but sometimes of mailed armour) which hung from the middle to about the knees, or lower.
- A line in a survey which, being accurately determined in length and position, serves as the origin from which to compute the distances and positions of any points or objects connected with it by a system of triangles.
(third-person singular simple present bases, present participle basing, simple past and past participle based)
- To give as its foundation or starting point; to lay the foundation of.
- To be located (at a particular place).
(comparative baser or more base, superlative basest or most base)
- Low in place or position.
- (archaic) Of low social standing or rank; vulgar, common.
- Morally reprehensible, immoral; cowardly.
- (now rare) Inferior; unworthy, of poor quality.
- Designating those metals which are not classed as precious or noble.
- Alloyed with inferior metal; debased.
- base coin; base bullion
- Not classical or correct.
- base Latin
- (law) Not held by honourable service.
- A base estate is one held by services not honourable, or held by villenage. Such a tenure is called base, or low, and the tenant is a base tenant.
- Said of fellows, motives, occupations, etc.
- (now chiefly US, historical) The game of prisoners' bars. [from 15th c.]
Probably a specific use of Etymology 1, above; perhaps also a development of the plural of bar.
- Alternative form of BASE.
base - Computer Definition
(1) A starting or reference point.
(2) In a bipolar transistor, the elements that act as a switch. In NMOS and PMOS transistors, which make up CMOS circuits, the base is called the "gate." See transistor.
(3) A multiplier in a numbering system. In a decimal system, each digit position is worth 10x the position to its right. In binary, each digit position is worth 2x the position to its right.