adjective, bas·er, bas·est.
- of humble origin or station.
- of small height.
- low in place, position, or degree: base servitude.
Origin of base2
Examples from the Web for basely
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 basely (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
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British Dictionary definitions for basely (2 of 2)
- (of land tenure) held by villein or other ignoble service
- holding land by villein or other ignoble service
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Science definitions for basely
- 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.
Culture definitions for basely
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 basely
see get to first base; off base; touch base.