base Idioms & Phrases


acid-base balance

  • noun (physiology) the normal equilibrium between acids and alkalis in the body
    acid-base balance.
    • with a normal acid-base balance in the body the blood is slightly alkaline
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acid-base equilibrium

  • noun (physiology) the normal equilibrium between acids and alkalis in the body
    acid-base balance.
    • with a normal acid-base balance in the body the blood is slightly alkaline
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acid-base indicator

  • noun an indicator that changes color on going from acidic to basic solutions
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air base

  • noun a base for military aircraft
    air station.
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Altern base

  • (Trig.), a second side made base, in distinction from a side previously regarded as base.
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army base

  • noun a large base of operations for an army
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Attic base

  • (Arch.), a peculiar form of molded base for a column or pilaster, described by Vitruvius, applied under the Roman Empire to the Ionic and Corinthian and "Roman Doric" orders, and imitated by the architects of the Renaissance.
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Base course

  • . (Arch.) (a) The first or lower course of a foundation wall, made of large stones of a mass of concrete; called also foundation course. (b) The architectural member forming the transition between the basement and the wall above.
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Base fee

  • formerly, an estate held at the will of the lord; now, a qualified fee. See note under Fee, n., 4.
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Base hit

  • noun (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely
    safety.
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  • (Baseball), a hit, by which the batsman, without any error on the part of his opponents, is able to reach the first base without being put out.
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Base line

  • . (a) A main line taken as a base, as in surveying or in military operations. (b) A line traced round a cannon at the rear of the vent.
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Base metal

  • noun a metal that is common and not considered precious
    • lead, iron, copper, tin, and zinc are base metals
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  • . See under Metal.
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base of operations

  • noun installation from which a military force initiates operations
    base.
    • the attack wiped out our forward bases
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base on balls

  • noun (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls
    pass; walk.
    • he worked the pitcher for a base on balls
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base pair

  • noun one of the pairs of chemical bases joined by hydrogen bonds that connect the complementary strands of a DNA molecule or of an RNA molecule that has two strands; the base pairs are adenine with thymine and guanine with cytosine in DNA and adenine with uracil and guanine with cytosine in RNA
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Base plate

  • the foundation plate of heavy machinery, as of the steam engine; the bed plate.
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base rate

  • noun the interest rate set by the Bank of England for lending to other banks
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Base ring

  • (Ordnance), a projecting band of metal around the breech, connected with the body of the gun by a concave molding. H. L. Scott.
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base runner

  • noun a baseball player on the team at bat who is on base (or attempting to reach a base)
    runner.
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base viol

Base" vi`ol

Definitions
  1. See Bass viol.
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base-burner

Base"-burn`er noun

Definitions
  1. A furnace or stove in which the fuel is contained in a hopper or chamber, and is fed to the fire as the lower stratum is consumed.
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base-court

Base"-court` noun

Etymology
F. basse-cour. See Base, a., and Court, n.
Definitions
  1. The secondary, inferior, or rear courtyard of a large house; the outer court of a castle.
  2. (Law) An inferior court of law, not of record.
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base-forming

  • adjective satellite yielding a base in aqueous solution
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copper-base alloy

  • noun any alloy whose principal component is copper
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country-base

Coun"try-base` noun

Definitions
  1. Same as Prison base.
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data-based

  • adjective satellite relying on observation or experiment
    observational; experimental.
    • experimental results that supported the hypothesis
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Dexter base

  • a point in the dexter lower part or base of the shield, as B in the cut.
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Double base, ∨ Double bass

  • (Mus.), the largest and lowest-toned instrument in the violin form; the contrabasso or violone.
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first base

  • noun the base that must be touched first by a base runner in baseball
  • noun the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate)
    first.
  • noun the initial stage in accomplishing something
    • we didn't get to first base with that approach
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free-base

  • verb use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
    base.
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Ground bassbase

  • (Mus.), fundamental base; a fundamental base continually repeated to a varied melody.
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Home base

  • noun (baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score
    home; home plate; plate.
    • he ruled that the runner failed to touch home
  • noun (usually plural) the office that serves as the administrative center of an enterprise
    central office; main office; home office; headquarters.
    • many companies have their headquarters in New York
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  • (Baseball), the base at which the batsman stands and which is the last goal in making a run.
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knowledge base

  • noun the content of a particular field of knowledge
    domain; knowledge domain.
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  • noun base of operations for a naval fleet
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nickel-base alloy

  • noun an alloy whose main constituent is nickel
    nickel alloy.
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off-base

  • adjective satellite located outside a military base
    • off-base housing
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on base

  • adverb on first or second or third base
    aboard.
    • Their second homer with Bob Allison aboard
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Prison bars, ∨ Prison base

  • . See Base, n., 24.
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Prisoner's base

  • noun a children's game; two teams capture opposing players by tagging them and taking them to their own base
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  • . See Base, n., 24.
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rocket base

  • noun a military base for rocket missiles
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rubber-base paint

  • noun a water-base paint that has a latex binder
    latex; latex paint.
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run bases

  • verb run around the bases, in baseball
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second base

  • noun the base that must be touched second by a base runner in baseball
  • noun the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near the second of the bases in the infield
    second.
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Sinister base, Sinister chief

  • . See under Escutcheon.
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sub-base

Sub"-base` noun

Definitions
  1. (Arch.) The lowest member of a base when divided horizontally, or of a baseboard, pedestal, or the like.
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subdata base

  • noun a subset of data in a database that are used in a specific application
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Sulphur base

  • (Chem.), an alkaline sulphide capable of acting as a base in the formation of sulphur salts according to the old dual theory of salts. Archaic
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tax base

  • noun collective value of taxable assets
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theory-based

  • adjective satellite based in theory rather than experiment
    • theory-based arguments and positions
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third base

  • noun the base that must be touched third by a base runner in baseball
    third.
    • he was cut down on a close play at third
  • noun the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near the third of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate)
    third.
    • he is playing third
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three-base hit

  • noun a base hit at which the batter stops safely at third base
    three-bagger; triple.
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touch base

  • verb establish communication with someone
    get in touch; connect.
    • did you finally connect with your long-lost cousin?
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two-base hit

  • noun a base hit on which the batter stops safely at second base
    double; two-base hit; two-bagger.
    • he hit a double to deep centerfield
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two-baser

  • noun a base hit on which the batter stops safely at second base
    double; two-base hit; two-bagger.
    • he hit a double to deep centerfield
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water-base paint

  • noun paint in which water is used as the vehicle
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