- the distinctively treated portion of a column or pier below the shaft or shafts.
- the distinctively treated lowermost portion of any construction, as a monument, exterior wall, etc.
- the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment.
- the point of attachment.
- any of the four corners of the diamond, especially first, second, or third base.Compare home plate.
- a square canvas sack containing sawdust or some other light material, for marking first, second, or third base.
- a fortified or more or less protected area or place from which the operations of an army or an air force proceed.
- a supply installation for a large military force.
- the number that serves as a starting point for a logarithmic or other numerical system.
- a collection of subsets of a topological space having the property that every open set in the given topology can be written as the union of sets of the collection.
- a collection of neighborhoods of a point such that every neighborhood of the point contains one from the collection.
- a collection of sets of a given filter such that every set in the filter is contained in some set in the collection.
- a compound that reacts with an acid to form a salt, as ammonia, calcium hydroxide, or certain nitrogen-containing organic compounds.
- the hydroxide of a metal or of an electropositive element or group.
- a group or molecule that takes up or accepts protons.
- a molecule or ion containing an atom with a free pair of electrons that can be donated to an acid; an electron-pair donor.
- any of the purine and pyrimidine compounds found in nucleic acids: the purines adenine and guanine and the pyrimidines cytosine, thymine, and uracil.
- an electrode or terminal on a transistor other than the emitter or collector electrodes or terminals.
- the part of an incandescent lamp or electron tube that includes the terminals for making electrical connection to a circuit or power supply.
verb (used with object), based, bas·ing.
verb (used without object), based, bas·ing.
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Idioms for base
- Baseball. not touching a base: The pitcher caught him off base and, after a quick throw, he was put out by the second baseman.
- Informal. badly mistaken: The police were way off base when they tried to accuse her of the theft.
Origin of base1
synonym study for base
OTHER WORDS FROM baseun·based, adjectivewell-based, adjective
Definition for base (2 of 2)
adjective, bas·er, bas·est.
- of humble origin or station.
- of small height.
- low in place, position, or degree: base servitude.
Origin of base2
synonym study for base
OTHER WORDS FROM basebasely, adverbbaseness, noun
Example sentences from the Web for base
She must not let herself be prisoned by a mere body that exulted blindly, basely, in its vigor.Ewing\'s Lady|Harry Leon Wilson
How far is this thing going to be done finely; how far is it going to be done cunningly and basely?What is Coming?|H. G. Wells
The terms of her accusation were too basely depraved to be even hinted at here.Fox's Book of Martyrs|John Foxe
You have basely deceived me, and shame upon me that I have been fooled by such as you are!Runnymede and Lincoln Fair|J.G. Edgar
I trust I have none who will ever misuse so basely anything that may come to them as a blessing.
British Dictionary definitions for base (1 of 2)
- a centre of operations, organization, or supplythe climbers made a base at 8000 feet
- (as modifier)base camp
- the part of an organ nearest to its point of attachment
- the point of attachment of an organ or part
- the lowest division of a building or structure
- the lower part of a column or pier
- the number of distinct single-digit numbers in a counting system, and so the number represented as 10 in a place-value systemthe binary system has two digits, 0 and 1, and 10 to base two represents 2 See place-value
- (of a logarithm or exponential) the number whose powers are expressedsince 1000 = 10³, the logarithm of 1000 to base 10 is 3
- (of a mathematical structure) a substructure from which the given system can be generated
- the initial instance from which a generalization is proven by mathematical induction
- a root or stem
- See base component
Word Origin for base
British Dictionary definitions for base (2 of 2)
- (of land tenure) held by villein or other ignoble service
- holding land by villein or other ignoble service
Derived forms of basebasely, adverbbaseness, noun
Word Origin for base
Medical definitions for base
Scientific definitions for base
- Any of a class of compounds that form hydroxyl ions (OH) when dissolved in water, and whose aqueous solutions react with acids to form salts. Bases turn red litmus paper blue and have a pH greater than 7. Their aqueous solutions have a bitter taste. Compare acid.
- See nitrogen base.
- The side or face of a geometric figure to which an altitude is or is thought to be drawn. The base can be, but is not always, the bottom part of the figure.
- The number that is raised to various powers to generate the principal counting units of a number system. The base of the decimal system, for example, is 10.
- The number that is raised to a particular power in a given mathematical expression. In the expression an, a is the base.
Cultural definitions for base
Any of a number of bitter-tasting, caustic materials. Technically, a material that produces negative ions in solution. A base is the opposite of an acid and has a pH of 7 to 14. A given amount of a base added to the same amount of an acid neutralizes the acid; water and a salt are produced. Alkalis are bases; ammonia is a common base.
Idioms and Phrases with base
see get to first base; off base; touch base.