Definitions for base

Definitions for (noun) base

Main entry: base, stand, pedestal

Definition: a support or foundation

Usage: the base of the lamp

Main entry: bag, base

Definition: a place that the runner must touch before scoring

Usage: he scrambled to get back to the bag

Main entry: base

Definition: (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector

Main entry: base, base of operations

Definition: installation from which a military force initiates operations

Usage: the attack wiped out our forward bases

Main entry: base

Definition: a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit

Usage: a tub should sit on its own base

Main entry: base

Definition: 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

Main entry: foot, foundation, fundament, base, understructure, substructure, groundwork

Definition: lowest support of a structure

Usage: it was built on a base of solid rock; he stood at the foot of the tower

Main entry: infrastructure, base

Definition: the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area

Usage: the industrial base of Japan

Main entry: foundation, fundament, groundwork, cornerstone, base, basis

Definition: the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

Usage: the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture

Main entry: stem, theme, base, root, root word, radical

Definition: (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed

Usage: thematic vowels are part of the stem

Main entry: base, floor

Definition: a lower limit

Usage: the government established a wage floor

Main entry: al-Qa'ida, al-Qaeda, al-Qaida, Base, Qaeda

Definition: 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

Main entry: home, base

Definition: the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end

Main entry: base

Definition: (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment

Usage: the base of the skull

Main entry: base

Definition: the bottom or lowest part

Usage: the base of the mountain

Main entry: base, radix

Definition: (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

Main entry: base, basis

Definition: the most important or necessary part of something

Usage: the basis of this drink is orange juice

Main entry: base

Definition: the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed

Usage: the base of the triangle

Main entry: base, alkali

Definition: 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

Main entry: nucleotide, base

Definition: a phosphoric ester of a nucleoside; the basic structural unit of nucleic acids (DNA or RNA)

Definitions for (verb) base

Main entry: found, establish, ground, base

Definition: use as a basis for; found on

Usage: base a claim on some observation

Main entry: free-base, base

Definition: use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes

Main entry: base

Definition: situate as a center of operations

Usage: we will base this project in the new lab

Definitions for (adj) base

Main entry: base

Definition: debased; not genuine

Usage: an attempt to eliminate the base coinage

Main entry: base, baseborn

Definition: illegitimate

Main entry: base, mean, meanspirited

Definition: 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

Main entry: lowly, base, baseborn, humble

Definition: of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)

Usage: baseborn wretches with dirty faces; of humble (or lowly) birth

Main entry: basal, base

Definition: serving as or forming a base

Usage: the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats

Main entry: immoral, base

Definition: 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

Main entry: base

Definition: (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal

Usage: base coins of aluminum; a base metal

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