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bedrock

[bed-rok] /ˈbɛdˌrɒk/
noun
1.
Geology. unbroken solid rock, overlaid in most places by soil or rock fragments.
2.
bottom layer; lowest stratum.
3.
any firm foundation or basis:
Technical courses will be founded on a bedrock of sound, general education so as to produce a well-rounded engineer.
4.
the fundamental principles, as of a teaching, belief, or science:
Let's strip away the cant and get down to bedrock.
adjective
5.
basic; fundamental.
Origin of bedrock
1840-1850
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50; bed + rock1
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  • Such a belief was indeed the bedrock of mediaeval political thought.

  • All superficial accumulations were swept away, and the bedrock was exposed.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The bedrock on which they fought was slippery where ice had formed in the crevices.

    A Man to His Mate J. Allan Dunn
  • Here was always the reminder of that bedrock principle of his thought.

    Ruskin Relics W. G. Collingwood
  • He is going, said Old Mole, to discover the bedrock of life and live on it.

    Old Mole Gilbert Cannan
British Dictionary definitions for bedrock

bedrock

/ˈbɛdˌrɒk/
noun
1.
the solid unweathered rock that lies beneath the loose surface deposits of soil, alluvium, etc
2.
basic principles or facts (esp in the phrase get down to bedrock)
3.
the lowest point, level, or layer
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Word Origin and History for bedrock
n.

also bed-rock, 1850, from bed (n.) + rock (n.). Figurative use by 1869; as an adjective by 1881.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bedrock in Science
bedrock
  (běd'rŏk')   
The solid rock that lies beneath the soil and other loose material on the Earth's surface.
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Slang definitions & phrases for bedrock

bedrock

modifier

: a bedrock discussion/ bedrock decision

noun

The asi facts; the crucial elements; the BOTTOM LINE, the NITTY-GRITTY

[1870s+; fr bedrock ''the solid rock underlying strata and detritus'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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