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[beys-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈbeɪsˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
Also called mopboard, skirt. a board forming the foot of an interior wall.
a board forming the base of anything.
Origin of baseboard
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55; base1 + board Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The walls of the room have a 3-inch baseboard, but no wainscotting.

    The Fairfax County Courthouse Ross D. Netherton
  • They crept along slowly, their wagons loaded from baseboard to roof.

    Historic Adventures Rupert S. Holland
  • The hopper is securely fastened on top of the baseboard and over the cylinder.

  • The slot in the small end of the baseboard is for the film to pass through.

  • The parts for the gongs and electrical apparatus are supported on a baseboard, 3/4 in.

  • It is set on posts with a baseboard around it to make it tight.

    Ducks and Geese Harry M. Lamon
  • In other locations they are usually best placed in the baseboard.

    A Living from the Land William B. Duryee
  • She was running a finger along the baseboard to see if it was clean!

    The Confession Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Where the baseboard was mortised at the corner there appeared to have been a patch put in.

    Ted Strong's Motor Car Edward C. Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for baseboard


a board functioning as the base of anything
(US & Canadian) Also called skirting board. a skirting made of wood
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for baseboard

1854, from base (n.) + board (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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