Definitions of base

  1. any of various water- soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water; " bases include oxides and hydroxides of metals and ammonia"
  2. place that runner must touch before scoring; " he scrambled to get back to the bag"
  3. serving as or forming a base; " the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats"
  4. use ( purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
  5. a support or foundation; " the base of the lamp"
  6. ( electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector
  7. installation from which a military force initiates operations; " the attack wiped out our forward bases"
  8. a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit; " a tub should sit on its own base"
  9. the principal ingredient of a mixture; " glycerinated gelatin is used as a base for many ointments"; " he told the painter that he wanted a yellow base with just a hint of green"; " everything she cooked seemed to have rice as the base"
  10. the fundamental assumptions underlying an explanation; " the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
  11. a lower limit; " the government established a wage floor"
  12. ( anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment; " the base of the skull"
  13. of low birth or station (` base' is archaic in this sense); " baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; " of humble ( or lowly) birth"
  14. use as a basis for; found on; " base a claim on some observation"
  15. the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end
  16. having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; " that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke; " taking a mean advantage"; " chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; " something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics"
  17. assign to a station
  18. ( linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; " thematic vowels are part of the stem"
  19. the bottom or lowest part; " the base of the mountain"
  20. ( numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place; " 10 is the radix of the decimal system"
  21. the most important or necessary part of something; " the basis of this drink is orange juice"
  22. the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed; " the base of the triangle"
  23. debased; not genuine; " an attempt to eliminate the base coinage"
  24. illegitimate
  25. ( used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal; " base coins of aluminum"; " a base metal"
  26. Of little, or less than the usual, height; of low growth; as, base shrubs.
  27. Low in place or position.
  28. Illegitimate by birth; bastard.
  29. Of little comparative value, as metal inferior to gold and silver, the precious metals.
  30. Alloyed with inferior metal; debased; as, base coin; base bullion.
  31. Morally low. Hence: Low- minded; unworthy; without dignity of sentiment; ignoble; mean; illiberal; menial; as, a base fellow; base motives; base occupations.
  32. Not classical or correct.
  33. Deep or grave in sound; as, the base tone of a violin.
  34. Not held by honorable service; as, a base estate, one held by services not honorable; held by villenage. Such a tenure is called base, or low, and the tenant, a base tenant.
  35. The bottom of anything, considered as its support, or that on which something rests for support; the foundation; as, the base of a statue.
  36. Fig.: The fundamental or essential part of a thing; the essential principle; a groundwork.
  37. The lower part of a wall, pier, or column, when treated as a separate feature, usually in projection, or especially ornamented.
  38. The lower part of a complete architectural design, as of a monument; also, the lower part of any elaborate piece of furniture or decoration.
  39. That extremity of a leaf, fruit, etc., at which it is attached to its support.
  40. The positive, or non- acid component of a salt; a substance which, combined with an acid, neutralizes the latter and forms a salt; -- applied also to the hydroxides of the positive elements or radicals, and to certain organic bodies resembling them in their property of forming salts with acids.
  41. The chief ingredient in a compound.
  42. A substance used as a mordant.
  43. The exterior side of the polygon, or that imaginary line which connects the salient angles of two adjacent bastions.
  44. The line or surface constituting that part of a figure on which it is supposed to stand.
  45. The number from which a mathematical table is constructed; as, the base of a system of logarithms.
  46. A low, or deep, sound. ( Mus.) ( a) The lowest part; the deepest male voice. ( b) One who sings, or the instrument which plays, base.
  47. A place or tract of country, protected by fortifications, or by natural advantages, from which the operations of an army proceed, forward movements are made, supplies are furnished, etc.
  48. The smallest kind of cannon.
  49. That part of an organ by which it is attached to another more central organ.
  50. The basal plane of a crystal.
  51. The ground mass of a rock, especially if not distinctly crystalline.
  52. The lower part of the field. See Escutcheon.
  53. The housing of a horse.
  54. A kind of skirt ( often of velvet or brocade, but sometimes of mailed armor) which hung from the middle to about the knees, or lower.
  55. The lower part of a robe or petticoat.
  56. The point or line from which a start is made; a starting place or a goal in various games.
  57. 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.
  58. Any one of the four bounds which mark the circuit of the infield.
  59. To abase; to let, or cast, down; to lower.
  60. To reduce the value of; to debase.
  61. Basely.
  62. A rustic play; - called also prisoner's base, prison base, or bars.
  63. To put on a base or basis; to lay the foundation of; to found, as an argument or conclusion; - used with on or upon.
  64. The part of a thing on which it rests; a foundation or ground work; that which combines with an acid to form a salt; a fortified line from which the operations of an army proceed; a starting place; in some games, a station or goal.
  65. To lay a foundation for; establish.
  66. Worthless; inferior; spurious or false; of mean spirit; morally abject or low; deep or grave in sound; commonly, bass.
  67. That on which a thing rests: foot: bottom: foundation: support: the chief ingredient.
  68. To found or place on a base:- pr. p. basing; pa. p. based.
  69. A skirt which hung down from the waist to the knees of a knight when on horseback.
  70. Low in place, value, estimation, or principle: mean: vile: worthless: ( New Test.) humble, lowly.
  72. Foundation; pedestal; support; chief ingredient.
  73. Low; mean; vile.
  74. To place upon a base or basis; establish.
  75. Low; ignoble; abject.
  76. Bass.
  77. The lowest part; foundation.
  78. A compound capable of forming a salt with an acid.
  79. A basis of operations or of supplies.
  80. The form of a word used in making derivatives, as by adding suffixes.
  81. Mean; worthless; of low station; deep; grave.
  82. The bottom; the foundation; the foot; the support; the principal ingredient in a compound body; the low or grave parts in music.
  83. To found or establish on a base.

Usage examples for base

  1. We have a base, which is commanded by- that is, we had a base commanded-" " Enough!" – The Reluctant Weapon by Howard L. Myers
  2. " There is nothing base in my young men," said G. G. 's mother. – IT and Other Stories by Gouverneur Morris
  3. On what sort of evidence does a man base his statements regarding space? – An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton
  4. One stream only continued to flow from the base of the cone. – Naples Past and Present by Arthur H. Norway
  5. The fellows were heading down- stream, and I guess they'd hold on until they struck this river, where they'd make a base camp and look for our trail. – For the Allinson Honor by Harold Bindloss
  6. They came into the wood at the base of the hill. – Foes by Mary Johnston
  7. " No, no, no," he said to himself; " I cannot do this base and wicked thing. – Charlotte's Inheritance by M. E. Braddon
  8. Bringing up, that we might pay it a visit, we at once pulled towards the Governor's house, which stands on a platform at the base of the rock. – A Yacht Voyage Round England by W.H.G. Kingston
  9. " It is difficult to arrange that- without a complete change of base," he added. – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  10. The lookout is over, the birds can see us- we have to return to base. – Letters from my Windmill by Alphonse Daudet
  11. But, as regarded her, he told himself at once that she should have the chance of being base and noble,- all base, and all noble as far as title and social standing could make her so,- if such were her desire. – Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope
  12. Only be careful to go right round the base of the Behrenkopp, for you could not get down the other side. – The Man-Wolf and Other Tales by Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
  13. He despised her- thought her a base and coward soul. – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  14. I might get comfort, and selfish triumph, and some sort of base assurance out of that, if I could. – Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens
  15. I believe you'll find my name on the base of this lamp- Lilly Czepanek- Lilly Czepanek. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann