View synonyms for bedrock


[ bed-rok ]


  1. Geology. unbroken solid rock, overlaid in most places by soil or rock fragments.
  2. bottom layer; lowest stratum.
  3. any firm foundation or basis:

    Technical courses will be founded on a bedrock of sound, general education so as to produce a well-rounded engineer.

  4. the fundamental principles, as of a teaching, belief, or science:

    Let's strip away the cant and get down to bedrock.


  1. basic; fundamental.


/ ˈbɛdˌrɒk /


  1. the solid unweathered rock that lies beneath the loose surface deposits of soil, alluvium, etc
  2. basic principles or facts (esp in the phrase get down to bedrock )
  3. the lowest point, level, or layer


/ bĕdrŏk′ /

  1. The solid rock that lies beneath the soil and other loose material on the Earth's surface.

Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of bedrock1

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; bed + rock 1
Discover More

Example Sentences

I think decency is the bedrock of defining what makes us humans.

From Fortune

In the long term, the thinking goes, culture is a better bedrock for a rebuild than a hypothetical prospect.

Yet the choice — to know he was positive yet participate in close contact over and over again — casts aside the discipline Turner needed to transform himself from onetime castoff to franchise bedrock.

The Affordable Care Act’s LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections, in combination with a commitment to sexual and reproductive healthcare, provided a solid bedrock for the NHAS.

The bedrock of your on-site SEO efforts is your content which, I believe, we have discussed as incisive as possible.

So we know that boring down to the bedrock and pumping it full of fluid can cause earthquakes.

“To minimize sprawl” has become a bedrock catchphrase of the core political ideology.

Freedom will seep into the bedrock as we rediscover our backbone.

“We know more about Bedrock than we do about most other vineyards on account of the people who owned it,” Peterson explained.

The Constitution of the United States has been the bedrock upon which our country was built over the past 225 years.

The rubble and bedrock bottoms found in most streams of the Flint Hills have been described.

In many places the streams of the Big Caney system flow over resistant limestone members, which form a bedrock bottom.

One long pool 500 feet by 50 feet with a variety of depths and bottom conditions ranging from mud to bedrock.

Firm-fixed it stood upon its bedrock of tradition that in matters of fraud, crime should be punished to the full limit of the law.

Deep, unconstricted bedrock channels and basins with weak currents occur in mid-Bay and the west inlet.