(countable and uncountable, plural bottoms)
- The lowest part from the uppermost part, in either of these senses:
- The part furthest in the direction toward which an unsupported object would fall.
- The part seen, or intended to be seen, nearest the edge of the visual field normally occupied by the lowest visible objects, as "footers appear at the bottoms of pages".
- (uncountable, UK, slang) Character, reliability, staying power, dignity, integrity or sound judgment.
- lack bottom
- (UK, US) a valley, often used in place names.
- Where shall we go for a walk? How about Ashcombe Bottom?
- (euphemistic) The buttocks or anus.
- (nautical) a cargo vessel, a ship.
- (nautical) certain parts of a vessel, particularly the cargo hold or the portion of the ship that is always underwater.
- (baseball) The second half of an inning, the home team's turn to bat.
- (BDSM) A submissive in sadomasochistic sexual activity.
- (LGBT, slang) A man penetrated or with a preference for being penetrated during homosexual intercourse.
- (physics) A bottom quark.
- (often figuratively) The lowest part of a container.
- A ball or skein of thread; a cocoon.
- The bed of a body of water, as of a river, lake, or sea.
- An abyss.
(third-person singular simple present bottoms, present participle bottoming, simple past and past participle bottomed)
- To fall to the lowest point.
- To establish firmly; to found or justify on or upon something; to set on a firm footing; to set or rest on or upon something which provides support or authority.
- (intransitive) To rest, as upon an ultimate support; to be based or grounded.
- (intransitive) To reach or impinge against the bottom, so as to impede free action, as when the point of a cog strikes the bottom of a space between two other cogs, or a piston the end of a cylinder.
- To furnish with a bottom.
- to bottom a chair
- To be the submissive in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
- To be anally penetrated in gay sex.
(comparative more bottom, superlative most bottom)
- The lowest or last place or position.
- Those files should go on the bottom shelf.
Old English botm, bodan (“ground, soil, lowest part”), from Proto-Germanic *butm- (compare Old Norse botn, Swedish botten), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰud-, a variant of Proto-Indo-European *bʰudʰ-. The other Proto-Germanic variant of the root, *budm-, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰudʰ-, must have given rise to Dutch bodem (“bottom, ground”), Old Frisian boden (“soil”), German Boden (“ground, earth, soil”). For cognate in other branches in Indo-European, compare Sanskrit बुध्न (budhna), Ancient Greek πυθμήν (puthmēn, “foundation”), Latin fundus (“bottom, piece of land, farm”), Old Irish bond (“sole of the foot”), Albanian bythë (“butt, end, bottom”). Meaning "posterior of a man" is from 1794; the verb "to reach the bottom of" is from 1808. Bottom dollar "the last dollar one has" is from 1882.