- the part of a hull between the bilges, including the keel.
- the part of a hull that is immersed at all times.
- the cargo space in a vessel.
- a cargo vessel.
- the second half of an inning.
- the last three players in the batting order.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- bottlenose dolphin,
- bottom bolt,
- bottom break,
- bottom dead centre,
- bottom dog,
- bottom drawer
- to wager the last of one's money or resources.
- to be positive or assured: You can bet your bottom dollar that something will prevent us from leaving on time.
Origin of bottom
Examples from the Web for bottom
Despite its ranking at the bottom of most international development indexes, the conflict is shrouded by confusion.
Bottom line is that it will only be a BVR [beyond visual range] airplane.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On Monday, Soelistyo had jolted relatives as well as searchers by suggesting that the plane could be “at the bottom of the sea.”
At the same time, the heaviest parts—the main fuselage, the engines and wings—sink to the bottom.
And thus I end up at the bottom of the stairs, about one month after my injury and two months after my wedding.
It was like walking at the bottom of the sea, only things that were thrown at you travelled faster.The Glory of the Trenches|Coningsby Dawson
Even then the sentiment of our rights existed in the bottom of our souls.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents|James D. Richardson
"There's a fox's mask," said the Colonel at the bottom of the table, pointing a triangular bit out.The Magnetic North|Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
He shook a phial until the sediment at the bottom turned the liquid to a muddy purple as seen against the light.Left Half Harmon|Ralph Henry Barbour
Bore small holes in the bottom of a barrel, place four bricks around, and fill the barrel with ashes.The American Frugal Housewife|Lydia M. Child
- to mine (a hole, claim, etc) deep enough to reach any gold there is
- (intr foll by on)to reach (gold, mud, etc) on bottoming
Word Origin for bottom
Old English botm, bodan "ground, soil, foundation, lowest part," from Proto-Germanic *buthm- (cf. Old Frisian boden "soil," Old Norse botn, Dutch bodem, Old High German bodam, German Boden "ground, earth, soil"), from PIE root *bhu(n)d(h)- (cf. Sanskrit budhnah, Avestan buna- "bottom," Greek pythmen "foundation," Latin fundus "bottom, piece of land, farm," Old Irish bond "sole of the foot"). Meaning "posterior of a person" is from 1794. Bottom dollar "the last dollar one has" is from 1882. Bottom-feeder, originally of fishes, is from 1866.
1540s, "to put a bottom on," from bottom (n.). Meaning "to reach the bottom of" is from 1808 (earlier figuratively, 1785). Related: Bottomed; bottoming.
In addition to the idioms beginning with bottom
- bottom drops out, the
- bottom line
- bottom of the barrel
- bottom of the ladder
- bottom out
- at bottom
- from head to toe (top to bottom)
- from the bottom of one's heart
- get to the bottom
- hit (touch) bottom
- knock the bottom out of
- rock bottom
- touch bottom
- you bet your ass (bottom dollar)