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Dictionary Definition

base adj
1 serving as or forming a base; "the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats" [syn: basal]
2 (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal; "base coins of aluminum"; "a base metal"
3 of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense); "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly) birth" [syn: baseborn, humble, lowly]
4 not adhering to ethical or moral principles; "base and unpatriotic motives"; "a base, degrading way of life"; "cheating is dishonorable"; "they considered colonialism immoral"; "unethical practices in handling public funds" [syn: dishonorable, dishonourable, immoral, unethical]
5 having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; "that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage"; "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics" [syn: mean, meanspirited]
6 illegitimate [syn: baseborn]
7 debased; not genuine; "an attempt to eliminate the base coinage"

Noun

1 any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water; "bases include oxides and hydroxides of metals and ammonia" [syn: alkali]
2 installation from which a military force initiates operations; "the attack wiped out our forward bases" [syn: base of operations]
3 lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower" [syn: foundation, fundament, foot, groundwork, substructure, understructure]
4 place that runner must touch before scoring; "he scrambled to get back to the bag" [syn: bag]
5 (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place; "10 is the radix of the decimal system" [syn: radix]
6 the bottom or lowest part; "the base of the mountain"
7 (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment; "the base of the skull"
8 a lower limit; "the government established a wage floor" [syn: floor]
9 the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture" [syn: basis, foundation, fundament, groundwork, cornerstone]
10 a support or foundation; "the base of the lamp" [syn: pedestal, stand]
11 the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed; "the base of the triangle"
12 the most important or necessary part of something; "the basis of this drink is orange juice" [syn: basis]
13 the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end [syn: home]
14 an intensely anti-western terrorist network that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist group; has cells in more than 50 countries [syn: al-Qaeda, Qaeda, al-Qa'ida, al-Qaida]
15 (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem" [syn: root, root word, stem, theme, radical]
16 the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area; "the industrial base of Japan" [syn: infrastructure]
17 the principal ingredient of a mixture; "glycerinated gelatin is used as a base for many ointments"; "he told the painter that he wanted a yellow base with just a hint of green"; "everything she cooked seemed to have rice as the base"
18 a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit; "a tub should sit on its own base"
19 (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector

Verb

1 use as a basis for; found on; "base a claim on some observation" [syn: establish, ground, found]
2 use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes [syn: free-base]
3 assign to a station [syn: station, post, send, place] [also: bases (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Base

English

Etymology

  1. (Adjective) From bas, from bassus, low.
  2. (Noun) From bas, from basis, from βάσις

Pronunciation

  • bās, /beɪs/, /beIs/

Noun

  1. Something from which other things extend; a foundation.
  2. The starting point of a logical deduction or thought.
  3. A permanent structure for housing military personnel and material.
  4. The place where decisions for an organization are made; headquarters.
  5. Any of a class of generally water-soluble compounds, having bitter taste, that turn red litmus blue, and react with acids to form salts.
  6. A safe zone in the children's games of tag and hide-and-go-seek
  7. The lowermost part of a column, between the shaft and the pedestal or pavement.
  8. One of the three places that a runner can stand in safety.
  9. biology biochemistry A nucleotide's nucleobase in the context of a DNA or RNA biopolymer.
  10. The end of a leaf,petal or similar organ where it is attached to its support.
  11. The name of the controlling terminal of a transistor.
  12. The lowest side of a in a triangle or other polygon, or the lowest face of a cone, pyramid or other polyhedron laid flat.
  13. A number raised to the power of an exponent.
    The logarithm to base 2 of 8 is 3.
  14. The set of sets from which a topology is generated.

Synonyms

Antonyms

Translations

foundation
starting point
permanent structure for housing a military
headquarters
chemical compound that will neutralize an acid
safe zone in children's game
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: , (lěi)
  • Finnish: koti, pesä
lowermost part of a column
baseball: one of the three places that a runner can stand in safety
  • Finnish: pesä
colloquial term for a nucleotide
end of a leaf,petal or similar organ where it is attached to its support
  • Finnish: kanta
electronics: controlling terminal of a transistor
lower, horizontal line in a triangle or the horizontal plane of a 3D object
  • Arabic:
  • Catalan: base
  • Czech: základna
  • Dutch: basis
  • Finnish: kanta
  • French: base
  • German: Basis
  • Hebrew: בסיס
  • Ido: bazo
  • Italian: base
  • Portuguese: base
  • Slovene: osnovnica (triangle)
  • Swedish: bas
  • Telugu: భూమి (త్రిభుజం వైశాల్యం = అర*భూమి*ఎత్తు)
  • Turkish: taban (3)
number raised to the power of an exponent (mathematics)
  • Czech: základ
  • Finnish: kanta

Verb

  1. To have as its foundation or starting point.
  2. To be located (at a particular place).

Derived terms

Translations

have as its foundation or starting point
be located

Adjective

  1. low
  2. inferior
  3. immoral
  4. common
  5. nonprecious used to describe metals which are not precious; base metal

Translations

low
inferior
immoral
common
nonprecious metal
  • Greek: αγενής

Italian

Etymology

basis.

Noun

  1. base
  2. basis

Antonyms

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Spanish

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Extensive Definition

Base or BASE may refer to:
  • Base meaning bottom, the lowest part of an object.
In mathematics:
In the sciences''':
  • Base (chemistry), a substance that can accept hydrogen ions (protons)
  • Base pair, a pair of connected nucleotides on complementary DNA and RNA strands
  • Nucleobase, in genetics, the parts of DNA and RNA involved in forming base pairs
In other fields:
Base may also refer to:

See also

References

base in Catalan: Base
base in German: Base
base in Spanish: Base
base in French: Base
base in Galician: Base
base in Hebrew: בסיס
base in Latvian: bāze
base in Dutch: Base
base in Japanese: 基地
base in Portuguese: Base
base in Slovenian: Baza
base in Thai: เบส

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