- The definition of basest is having the least morals or being of the lowest class.
An example of basest used as an adjective is in the phrase "the basest character in the play" which means the most corrupt character in the play.
Variant of base
- 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
forming a base
- Baseball not touching the base
- Slang taking a position or attitude that is unsound or in error
Baseball at a base, having reached it safely with a base hit, walk, etc.
touch all the bases☆
to deal with all related details
touch baseor touch bases☆
to be in communication or contact