Definitions of base

  1. To lay a foundation for; establish.
  2. To found or place on a base:- pr. p. basing; pa. p. based.
  3. To place upon a base or basis; establish.
  4. assign to a station
  5. To found or establish on a base.
  6. place that runner must touch before scoring; " he scrambled to get back to the bag"
  7. ( electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector
  8. installation from which a military force initiates operations; " the attack wiped out our forward bases"
  9. a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit; " a tub should sit on its own base"
  10. 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"
  11. the fundamental assumptions underlying an explanation; " the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
  12. ( anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment; " the base of the skull"
  13. the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end
  14. ( linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; " thematic vowels are part of the stem"
  15. The bottom of anything, considered as its support, or that on which something rests for support; the foundation; as, the base of a statue.
  16. Fig.: The fundamental or essential part of a thing; the essential principle; a groundwork.
  17. The lower part of a wall, pier, or column, when treated as a separate feature, usually in projection, or especially ornamented.
  18. The lower part of a complete architectural design, as of a monument; also, the lower part of any elaborate piece of furniture or decoration.
  19. That extremity of a leaf, fruit, etc., at which it is attached to its support.
  20. The chief ingredient in a compound.
  21. A substance used as a mordant.
  22. The exterior side of the polygon, or that imaginary line which connects the salient angles of two adjacent bastions.
  23. The line or surface constituting that part of a figure on which it is supposed to stand.
  24. The number from which a mathematical table is constructed; as, the base of a system of logarithms.
  25. A low, or deep, sound. ( Mus.) ( a) The lowest part; the deepest male voice. ( b) One who sings, or the instrument which plays, base.
  26. 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.
  27. The smallest kind of cannon.
  28. That part of an organ by which it is attached to another more central organ.
  29. The basal plane of a crystal.
  30. The ground mass of a rock, especially if not distinctly crystalline.
  31. The lower part of the field. See Escutcheon.
  32. The housing of a horse.
  33. 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.
  34. The lower part of a robe or petticoat.
  35. The point or line from which a start is made; a starting place or a goal in various games.
  36. 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.
  37. Any one of the four bounds which mark the circuit of the infield.
  38. A rustic play; - called also prisoner's base, prison base, or bars.
  39. To put on a base or basis; to lay the foundation of; to found, as an argument or conclusion; - used with on or upon.
  40. 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.
  41. That on which a thing rests: foot: bottom: foundation: support: the chief ingredient.
  42. A skirt which hung down from the waist to the knees of a knight when on horseback.
  44. Foundation; pedestal; support; chief ingredient.
  45. The lowest part; foundation.
  46. A compound capable of forming a salt with an acid.
  47. A basis of operations or of supplies.
  48. The form of a word used in making derivatives, as by adding suffixes.
  49. The bottom; the foundation; the foot; the support; the principal ingredient in a compound body; the low or grave parts in music.
  50. serving as or forming a base; " the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats"
  51. of low birth or station (` base' is archaic in this sense); " baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; " of humble ( or lowly) birth"
  52. the bottom or lowest part; " the base of the mountain"
  53. ( numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place; " 10 is the radix of the decimal system"
  54. the most important or necessary part of something; " the basis of this drink is orange juice"
  55. the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed; " the base of the triangle"
  56. debased; not genuine; " an attempt to eliminate the base coinage"
  57. illegitimate
  58. ( used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal; " base coins of aluminum"; " a base metal"
  59. Of little, or less than the usual, height; of low growth; as, base shrubs.
  60. Low in place or position.
  61. Illegitimate by birth; bastard.
  62. Of little comparative value, as metal inferior to gold and silver, the precious metals.
  63. Alloyed with inferior metal; debased; as, base coin; base bullion.
  64. Morally low. Hence: Low- minded; unworthy; without dignity of sentiment; ignoble; mean; illiberal; menial; as, a base fellow; base motives; base occupations.
  65. Not classical or correct.
  66. Deep or grave in sound; as, the base tone of a violin.
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. To abase; to let, or cast, down; to lower.
  70. To reduce the value of; to debase.
  71. Worthless; inferior; spurious or false; of mean spirit; morally abject or low; deep or grave in sound; commonly, bass.
  72. Low in place, value, estimation, or principle: mean: vile: worthless: ( New Test.) humble, lowly.
  73. Low; mean; vile.
  74. Low; ignoble; abject.
  75. Bass.
  76. Mean; worthless; of low station; deep; grave.