What is the meaning of base?


  • Installation from which a military force initiates operations.
    • usage: "the attack wiped out our forward bases"
  • Lowest support of a structure.
    • usage: "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower"
  • A place that the runner must touch before scoring.
    • usage: "he scrambled to get back to the bag"
  • The bottom or lowest part.
    • usage: "the base of the mountain"
  • Anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment. (
    • usage: "the base of the skull"
  • A lower limit.
    • usage: "the government established a wage floor"
  • The fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained.
    • usage: "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
  • A support or foundation.
    • usage: "the base of the lamp"
  • A phosphoric ester of a nucleoside; the basic structural unit of nucleic acids (DNA or RNA.
  • Any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water.
    • usage: "bases include oxides and hydroxides of metals and ammonia"
  • The bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed.
    • usage: "the base of the triangle"
  • The most important or necessary part of something.
    • usage: "the basis of this drink is orange juice"
  • Numeration system. ( the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place)
    • usage: "10 is the radix of the decimal system"
  • The place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end.
  • A terrorist network intensely opposed to the United States that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist groups; has cells in more than 50 countries.
  • Linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed. (
    • usage: "thematic vowels are part of the stem"
  • The stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area.
    • usage: "the industrial base of Japan"
  • The principal ingredient of a mixture.
    • usage: "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"
  • A flat bottom on which something is intended to sit.
    • usage: "a tub should sit on its own base"
  • Electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector. (


  • Use as a basis for; found on.
    • usage: "base a claim on some observation"
  • Situate as a center of operations.
    • usage: "we will base this project in the new lab"
  • Use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes.


  • Serving as or forming a base.
    • usage: "the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats"
  • Of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense))
    • usage: "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly. birth"
  • Used of metals. ( consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal)
    • usage: "base coins of aluminum"; "a base metal"
  • Not adhering to ethical or moral principles.
    • usage: "base and unpatriotic motives"; "a base, degrading way of life"; "cheating is dishonorable"; "they considered colonialism immoral"; "unethical practices in handling public funds"
  • Having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality.
    • usage: "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"
  • Illegitimate.
  • Debased; not genuine.
    • usage: "an attempt to eliminate the base coinage"
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APAWordNet. (2010). base. Retrieved June 25, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/base/definitions/1169009
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "base" http://smartdefine.org/base/definitions/1169009 (accessed June 25, 2018).
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