Definition of baseline in English:


Line breaks: base|line
Pronunciation: /ˈbeɪslʌɪn


  • 1A minimum or starting point used for comparisons.
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    • An alternative to creating external baselines is to use comparisons of rates of stops and other behaviors among police officers to identify typical rates.
    • That requires constant path and point observations of the whole world all the time so that we have baselines for comparison.
    • This establishes a baseline for comparison after the test stimulation.
  • 2(In tennis, volleyball, and other games) the line marking each end of a court.
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    • She has an ally in Seles, the player whose double-fisted power game from the baseline provided the template for so many of the current crop.
    • Help is on the way; Jackson hit about a dozen threes in a row from the baseline before the game.
    • He watched those games from the baseline underneath the basket with a level of intentness belying his youth.
  • 3 Baseball The line between bases which a runner must stay close to when running.
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    • In its upper reaches the stream and its banks are bare as the baseline from home plate to first base.
    • With runners on first and second, the batter hits a slow roller between the pitcher's mound and the third baseline.
    • If a runner goes beyond the extension of a fielder's outstretched arm, he is considered out of the baseline.
  • 4 Printing The imaginary straight line through the feet of most letters in a line of type.

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