baseline

[beys-lahyn]

noun Also base line.

adjective

basic or essential.

Origin of baseline

First recorded in 1740–50; base1 + line1
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baseline

noun

surveying a measured line through a survey area from which triangulations are made
an imaginary line, standard of value, etc, by which things are measured or compared
a line at each end of a tennis court that marks the limit of play
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Word Origin and History for baseline
n.

also base-line, 1750, originally in surveying, from base (n.) + line (n.). Baseball diamond sense is from 1867. Baseline estimate in use by 1983.

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