Base meaning

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The definition of base is something that forms a foundation.

An example of something that is base is the first coat of paint.

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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.

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Having or showing a lack of decency; contemptible, mean-spirited, or selfish.
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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.

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(math) The word base in mathematics is the foundation or building block for a number of units. Base numbers are greater than 0.

Base 10 is commonly used in math to express numbers.

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The fundamental principle or underlying concept of a system or theory; a basis.
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A fundamental ingredient; a chief constituent.

A paint with an oil base.

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The fact, observation, or premise from which a reasoning process is begun.
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A facial cosmetic used to even out the complexion or provide a surface for other makeup; a foundation.
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The lowest part of a structure, such as a wall, considered as a separate unit.

The base of a column.

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The lower part of a shield.
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A morpheme or morphemes regarded as a form to which affixes or other bases may be added.
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A line used as a reference for measurement or computations.
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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.
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Forming or serving as a base.

A base layer of soil.

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Situated at or near the base or bottom.

A base camp for the mountain climbers.

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Of, relating to, or containing a base.
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To form or provide a base for.

Based the new company in Portland.

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To find a basis for; establish.

Based her conclusions on the report; a film based on a best-selling novel.

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To assign to a base; station.

Troops based in the Middle East.

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Of low birth, rank, or position.
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Short in stature.
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A bass singer or voice.
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The thing or part on which something rests; lowest part or bottom; foundation.
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The fundamental or main part, as of a plan, organization, system, theory, etc.; specif., the most loyal supporters of a political candidate or party, a sports team, etc.
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The principal or essential ingredient, or the one serving as a vehicle.

Paint with an oil base.

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Anything from which a start is made; basis.
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The point of attachment of a part of the body.

The base of the thumb.

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A center of operations or source of supply; headquarters, as of a military operation or exploring expedition.
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The lower part, as of a column, pier, or wall, regarded as a separate unit.
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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.
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A substance used for fixing colors.
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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.
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The line or plane upon which a figure is thought of as resting.

The base of a triangle.

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The lower portion of a shield.
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Any morpheme to which prefixes, suffixes, etc. are or can be added; stem or root.
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Forming a base.
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To make or form a base or foundation for.
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To put or rest (on) as a base or basis.

To base a guess on past experience.

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To place or station (in or at a base)
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Having or showing little or no honor, courage, or decency; mean; ignoble; contemptible.

A base coward, base ingratitude.

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Of a menial or degrading kind.

Base servitude.

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Inferior in quality.
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Not classical or cultivated.

Base Latin.

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Of comparatively low worth.

Iron is a base metal, gold a precious one.

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Debased or counterfeit.

Base coin.

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Low in height; short.
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Of servile, humble, or illegitimate birth.
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Low or inferior in place or position.
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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.
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(1) A starting or reference point.
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Building, Antenna-tower, Span, Earth.
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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.

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The lowest or bottom part.

The base of a cliff; the base of a lamp.

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off base
  • Badly mistaken.
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off base
  • Not touching the base.
  • Taking a position or attitude that is unsound or in error.
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on base
  • At a base, having reached it safely with a base hit, walk, etc.
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touch all the bases
  • To deal with all related details.
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touch base
  • To be in communication or contact.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of base

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin basis from Greek gwā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English bas low from Old French from Medieval Latin bassus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition