- 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)
- 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
Related Words for bottomfloor, bed, seat, belly, basement, underside, ground, heart, tail, rear, last, radical, primary, underlying, base, basic, footing, basis, groundwork, support
Examples from the Web for bottom
Contemporary Examples of bottom
Despite its ranking at the bottom of most international development indexes, the conflict is shrouded by confusion.The Year’s Most Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis
January 1, 2015
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
December 31, 2014
On Monday, Soelistyo had jolted relatives as well as searchers by suggesting that the plane could be “at the bottom of the sea.”Wreckage, Bodies of AirAsia Crash Found
December 30, 2014
At the same time, the heaviest parts—the main fuselage, the engines and wings—sink to the bottom.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
And thus I end up at the bottom of the stairs, about one month after my injury and two months after my wedding.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
Historical Examples of bottom
Presently Percival found himself again at the bottom of the shaft.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It seemed like one risen from the dead, for he supposed him lying at the bottom of the sea.
Had the dead come back from the bottom of the sea to expose him?
He thought I was at the bottom of the sea, and the receipt with me.
The bucket is perforated at the bottom, and being elevated, the oil drains off.The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
- 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)