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Meaning & Definition of Base in English

English

Base

/bes/

noun

1. Installation from which a military force initiates operations

  • "The attack wiped out our forward bases"
    synonym:
  • base
  • ,
  • base of operations

2. Lowest support of a structure

  • "It was built on a base of solid rock"
  • "He stood at the foot of the tower"
    synonym:
  • foundation
  • ,
  • base
  • ,
  • fundament
  • ,
  • foot
  • ,
  • groundwork
  • ,
  • substructure
  • ,
  • understructure

3. A place that the runner must touch before scoring

  • "He scrambled to get back to the bag"
    synonym:
  • base
  • ,
  • bag

4. The bottom or lowest part

  • "The base of the mountain"
    synonym:
  • base

5. (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment

  • "The base of the skull"
    synonym:
  • base

6. A lower limit

  • "The government established a wage floor"
    synonym:
  • floor
  • ,
  • base

7. The fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

  • "The whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
    synonym:
  • basis
  • ,
  • base
  • ,
  • foundation
  • ,
  • fundament
  • ,
  • groundwork
  • ,
  • cornerstone

8. A support or foundation

  • "The base of the lamp"
    synonym:
  • base
  • ,
  • pedestal
  • ,
  • stand

9. A phosphoric ester of a nucleoside

  • The basic structural unit of nucleic acids (dna or rna)
    synonym:
  • nucleotide
  • ,
  • base

10. 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"
    synonym:
  • base
  • ,
  • alkali

11. The bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed

  • "The base of the triangle"
    synonym:
  • base

12. The most important or necessary part of something

  • "The basis of this drink is orange juice"
    synonym:
  • basis
  • ,
  • base

13. (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place

  • "10 is the radix of the decimal system"
    synonym:
  • base
  • ,
  • radix

14. The place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end

    synonym:
  • base
  • ,
  • home

15. A terrorist network intensely opposed to the united states that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical islamic terrorist groups

  • Has cells in more than 50 countries
    synonym:
  • al-Qaeda
  • ,
  • Qaeda
  • ,
  • al-Qa'ida
  • ,
  • al-Qaida
  • ,
  • Base

16. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed

  • "Thematic vowels are part of the stem"
    synonym:
  • root
  • ,
  • root word
  • ,
  • base
  • ,
  • stem
  • ,
  • theme
  • ,
  • radical

17. The stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area

  • "The industrial base of japan"
    synonym:
  • infrastructure
  • ,
  • base

18. 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"
    synonym:
  • base

19. A flat bottom on which something is intended to sit

  • "A tub should sit on its own base"
    synonym:
  • base

20. (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector

    synonym:
  • base

verb

1. Use as a basis for

  • Found on
  • "Base a claim on some observation"
    synonym:
  • establish
  • ,
  • base
  • ,
  • ground
  • ,
  • found

2. Situate as a center of operations

  • "We will base this project in the new lab"
    synonym:
  • base

3. Use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes

    synonym:
  • free-base
  • ,
  • base

adjective

1. Serving as or forming a base

  • "The painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats"
    synonym:
  • basal
  • ,
  • base

2. Of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)

  • "Baseborn wretches with dirty faces"
  • "Of humble (or lowly) birth"
    synonym:
  • base
  • ,
  • baseborn
  • ,
  • humble
  • ,
  • lowly

3. (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal

  • "Base coins of aluminum"
  • "A base metal"
    synonym:
  • base

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"
    synonym:
  • base
  • ,
  • immoral

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"
    synonym:
  • base
  • ,
  • mean
  • ,
  • meanspirited

6. Illegitimate

    synonym:
  • base
  • ,
  • baseborn

7. Debased

  • Not genuine
  • "An attempt to eliminate the base coinage"
    synonym:
  • base

Examples of using

There is a secret base on the other side of the moon.
You're not going to get to first base if you do it that way.
The soldiers were sent back to their base.