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 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
Word Origin for base
Word Origin and History for baseness (1 of 4)
"to place on a foundation," 1841, from base (n.). Related: Based; basing.
Word Origin and History for baseness (2 of 4)
"bottom, foundation, pedestal," early 14c., from Old French bas "depth" (12c.), from Latin basis "foundation," from Greek basis "step, pedestal," from bainein "to step" (see come). The military sense is from 1860. The chemical sense (1810) was introduced in French 1754 by French chemist Guillaume-François Rouelle (1703-1770). Sporting sense of "starting point" ia from 1690s, also "destination of a runner" (1812). As a "safe" spot in a tag-like game, suggested from mid-15c. (as the name of the game later called prisoner's base).
Word Origin and History for baseness (3 of 4)
late 14c., "low, of little height," from Old French bas "low, lowly, mean," from Late Latin bassus "thick, stumpy, low" (used only as a cognomen in classical Latin, humilis being there the usual word for "low in stature or position"), possibly from Oscan, or Celtic, or related to Greek basson, comparative of bathys "deep." Figurative sense of "low in the moral scale" is first attested 1530s in English, earlier "servile" (1520s). Base metals (c.1600) were worthless in contrast to noble or precious metals.
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.