noun installation from which a military force initiates operations
base of operations.
- the attack wiped out our forward bases
noun lowest support of a structure
foundation; substructure; groundwork; understructure; fundament; foot.
- it was built on a base of solid rock
- he stood at the foot of the tower
noun a place that the runner must touch before scoring
- he scrambled to get back to the bag
noun the bottom or lowest part
noun (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment
noun a lower limit
- the government established a wage floor
noun the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
foundation; basis; groundwork; fundament; cornerstone.
- the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture
noun a support or foundation
noun a phosphoric ester of a nucleoside; the basic structural unit of nucleic acids (DNA or RNA)
noun 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
noun the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed
noun the most important or necessary part of something
- the basis of this drink is orange juice
noun (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place
- 10 is the radix of the decimal system
noun the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end
noun 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
al-Qaida; Qaeda; al-Qa'ida; al-Qaeda.
noun (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed
root word; radical; stem; theme; root.
- thematic vowels are part of the stem
noun the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area
- the industrial base of Japan
noun 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
noun a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit
- a tub should sit on its own base
noun (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector
verb use as a basis for; found on
found; establish; ground.
- base a claim on some observation
verb situate as a center of operations
- we will base this project in the new lab
verb use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
adjective satellite serving as or forming a base
- the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats
adjective satellite of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)
baseborn; lowly; humble.
- baseborn wretches with dirty faces
- of humble (or lowly) birth
adjective satellite (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal
- base coins of aluminum
- a base metal
adjective satellite not adhering to ethical or moral principles
- base and unpatriotic motives
- a base, degrading way of life
- cheating is dishonorable
- they considered colonialism immoral
- unethical practices in handling public funds
adjective satellite 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
adjective satellite illegitimate
adjective satellite debased; not genuine
- an attempt to eliminate the base coinage
, F. bas
, low, fr. LL. bassus
thick, fat, short, humble; cf. L. Bassus
, a proper name, and W. bas
shallow. Cf. Bass
a part in music.
- Of little, or less than the usual, height; of low growth; as, base shrubs. Archaic
- Low in place or position. Obs.
- Of humble birth; or low degree; lowly; mean. Archaic "A pleasant and base swain."
- Illegitimate by birth; bastard. Archaic
Why bastard? wherefore base?
- Of little comparative value, as metal inferior to gold and silver, the precious metals.
- Alloyed with inferior metal; debased; as, base coin; base bullion.
- Morally low. Hence: Low-minded; unworthy; without dignity of sentiment; ignoble; mean; illiberal; menial; as, a base fellow; base motives; base occupations. "A cruel act of a base and a cowardish mind." Robynson (More's Utopia). "Base ingratitude."
- Not classical or correct. "Base Latin."
- Deep or grave in sound; as, the base tone of a violin. In this sense, commonly written bass.
- (Law) 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.
Syn. -- Dishonorable; worthless; ignoble; low-minded; infamous; sordid; degraded. -- Base, Vile, Mean. These words, as expressing moral qualities, are here arranged in the order of their strength, the strongest being placed first. Base marks a high degree of moral turpitude; vile and mean denote, in different degrees, the want of what is valuable or worthy of esteem. What is base excites our abhorrence; what is vile provokes our disgust or indignation; what is mean awakens contempt. Base is opposed to high-minded; vile, to noble; mean, to liberal or generous. Ingratitude is base; sycophancy is vile; undue compliances are mean.
, L. basis
, fr. Gr.
a stepping step, a base, pedestal, fr.
to go, step, akin to E. come
. Cf. Basis
, and see Come
- The bottom of anything, considered as its support, or that on which something rests for support; the foundation; as, the base of a statue. "The base of mighty mountains."
- Fig.: The fundamental or essential part of a thing; the essential principle; a groundwork.
- (Arch.) (a) The lower part of a wall, pier, or column, when treated as a separate feature, usually in projection, or especially ornamented. (b) The lower part of a complete architectural design, as of a monument; also, the lower part of any elaborate piece of furniture or decoration.
- (Bot.) That extremity of a leaf, fruit, etc., at which it is attached to its support.
- (Chem.) 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.
- (Pharmacy) The chief ingredient in a compound.
- (Dyeing) A substance used as a mordant.
- (Fort.) The exterior side of the polygon, or that imaginary line which connects the salient angles of two adjacent bastions.
- (Geom.) The line or surface constituting that part of a figure on which it is supposed to stand.
- (Math.) The number from which a mathematical table is constructed; as, the base of a system of logarithms.
- See Base low. A low, or deep, sound. (Mus.) (a) The lowest part; the deepest male voice. (b) One who sings, or the instrument which plays, base. Now commonly written bass.
The trebles squeak for fear, the bases roar.
- (Mil.) 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.
- (Mil.) The smallest kind of cannon. Obs.
- (Zoöl.) That part of an organ by which it is attached to another more central organ.
- (Crystallog.) The basal plane of a crystal.
- (Geol.) The ground mass of a rock, especially if not distinctly crystalline.
- (Her.) The lower part of the field. See Escutcheon.
- The housing of a horse. Obs.
- pl. 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. Obs.
- The lower part of a robe or petticoat. Obs.
- An apron. Obs. "Bakers in their linen bases."
- The point or line from which a start is made; a starting place or a goal in various games.
To their appointed base they went.
- (Surv.) 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.
- A rustic play; -- called also prisoner's base, prison base, or bars. "To run the country base."
- (Baseball) Any one of the four bounds which mark the circuit of the infield.
Base transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Based (); present participle & verbal noun Basing
- To put on a base or basis; to lay the foundation of; to found, as an argument or conclusion; -- used with on or upon.
Base transitive verb
, and cf. Abase
- To abase; to let, or cast, down; to lower. Obs.
If any . . . based his pike.
Sir T. North.
- To reduce the value of; to debase. Obs.
Metals which we can not base.
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