Definitions of base:
- noun: a support or foundation
Example: "The base of the lamp"
- noun: place that runner must touch before scoring
- noun: (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector
- noun: installation from which a military force initiates operations
Example: "The attack wiped out our forward bases"
- noun: a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit
Example: "A tub should sit on its own base"
- noun: the principal ingredient of a mixture
Example: "Glycerinated gelatin is used as a base for many ointments"
- noun: the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end
- noun: (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment
Example: "The base of the skull"
- noun: the bottom or lowest part
Example: "The base of the mountain"
- noun: (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place
- noun: the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed
Example: "The base of the triangle"
- noun: any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water
Example: "Bases include oxides and hydroxides of metals and ammonia"
- noun: lowest support of a structure
Example: "It was built on a base of solid rock"
- noun: the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area
Example: "The industrial base of Japan"
- noun: the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
- noun: a lower limit
- noun: the most important or necessary part of something
- noun: (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed
- noun: an intensely anti-western terrorist network that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist group; has cells in more than 50 countries
- verb: use as a basis for; found on
Example: "Base a claim on some observation"
- verb: use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
- verb: assign to a station
- adjective: illegitimate
- adjective: having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
Example: "That liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble- Edmund Burke"
- adjective: of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)
Example: "Baseborn wretches with dirty faces"
- adjective: not adhering to ethical or moral principles
Example: "Base and unpatriotic motives"
- adjective: (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal
Example: "Base coins of aluminum"
- adjective: debased; not genuine
Example: "An attempt to eliminate the base coinage"
- adjective: serving as or forming a base
Example: "The painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats"
- name: A surname (very rare: popularity rank in the U.S.: #30771)
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