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noun (usually the bottom)
1the lowest point or part:the bottom of the page she paused at the bottom of the stairs the lowest surface on the inside of a container:place the fruit on the bottom of the dish the part on which a thing rests; the underside:he sat on the bottom of an upturned bucket the ground under a sea, river, or lake:the liner plunged to the bottom of the sea the lowest position in a competition or ranking:he started at the bottom and now has his own business the basis or origin:there’s a mad scientist at the bottom of it all (also bottoms) the lower half of a two-piece garment:pajama bottoms a skimpy bikini bottom the lowest part of the hull of a ship, especially the relatively flat portion on either side of the keel. archaic a ship, especially considered as a unit of transport capacity. archaic stamina or strength of character, especially of a horse. 2 informal the buttocks:he climbs the side of the gorge, scratching his bottom unselfconsciously 3 Baseball the second half of an inning:the bottom of the ninth 4 Physics one of six flavors of quark.
in the lowest position:the books on the bottom shelf in the lowest or last position in a competition or ranking:households in the bottom income bracket
verb [no object]
(of a performance or situation) reach the lowest point before stabilizing or improving:interest rates have bottomed out