adjective, bas·er, bas·est.
- of humble origin or station.
- of small height.
- low in place, position, or degree: base servitude.
Origin of base2
Related formsbase·ly, adverbbase·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for baseness
I was so shocked at the ingratitude and baseness of the action that I burst into tears.Forgotten Tales of Long Ago|E. V. Lucas
He has kept his integrity; no falsehood or baseness can be charged against him.Expositor's Bible: The Book of Job|Robert Watson
The shield of all this turmoil and baseness was the State Governments.The Life of John Marshall (Volume 1 of 4)|Albert J. Beveridge
War may be a great soul stimulant meant to purge mankind of evils greater than itself, evils of baseness and world degeneration.The Conquest of America|Cleveland Moffett
The police entered his chamber by using false keys, which the man who had sold him had the baseness to get made for them.Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete|Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
British Dictionary definitions for baseness (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 baseness (2 of 2)
- (of land tenure) held by villein or other ignoble service
- holding land by villein or other ignoble service
Derived Formsbasely, adverbbaseness, noun
Word Origin for base
Medicine definitions for baseness
Science definitions for baseness
- 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 baseness
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 baseness
see get to first base; off base; touch base.