baseboard

[beys-bawrd, -bohrd]
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noun

Also called mopboard, skirt. a board forming the foot of an interior wall.
a board forming the base of anything.

Nearby words

  1. baseball cap,
  2. baseball finger,
  3. baseball glove,
  4. baseballer,
  5. baseband,
  6. baseborn,
  7. baseburner,
  8. basecoat,
  9. based,
  10. basedow's disease

Origin of baseboard

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; base1 + board

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British Dictionary definitions for baseboard

baseboard

noun

a board functioning as the base of anything
Also called: skirting board US and Canadian a skirting made of wood
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Word Origin and History for baseboard

baseboard

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper