or base line
- a. A line serving as a basis, as for measurement, calculation, or location.b. Something, such as a set of data, used as a basis for comparison or as a control in a study: took x-rays as a baseline for observing later arthritis.c. A starting point: Interviews with students provided the baseline of our project.
- Baseball The base path.
- Sports a. The boundary line at either end of a court, as in basketball or tennis.b. The area near this boundary line: made a basket from the baseline.c. A style of play in tennis in which the player remains near the baseline and rarely approaches the net.
- A line that is a base for measurement or for construction.
- A laser level generates a convenient baseline for interior work.
- A datum used as the basis for calculation or for comparison.
- We used used the last doctor visit to provide baselines for vital statistics.
- (typography) A line used as the basis for the alignment of glyphs.
- Several characters typically have descenders below the lower baseline.
- (tennis) The line at the farthest ends of the court indicating the boundary of the area of play.
- The ref missed the call. The ball hit the baseline.
- (engineering) A configuration of software, hardware, or a process that is established and documented as a point of reference.
- The baseline configuration includes unsupported components.
(third-person singular simple present baselines, present participle baselining, simple past and past participle baselined)
- (engineering, computing) To provide a baseline for measurement.
- (tennis) To play from the baseline.