- 1 1.1 (of column, wall) base (feminine), basa (feminine); (of mountain, tree) pie (masculine); (of spine, skull) base (feminine); (of geometric figure) base (feminine)Example sentences
- Axial loading from earthquakes is minimized by seismic dampers under the column bases.
- Column bases, doorsteps, baseboards, and beams - even the interior roof tiles and gutters - all are decorated.
- To prevent vandalism and damage, the bases of columns are clad in stainless steel.
Example sentences1.2 (of lamp) pie (masculine); (of statue) pedestal (masculine)
- Their long, whip-like tail has a small dorsal fin near its base and up to five venomous spines.
- River otters have paired scent glands at the base of their tail which give off a heavy, musky smell.
- The petiole or stipe is the stalk at the base of the frond, before the first pinna ‘branches’ from the rachis.
- The two points of intersection of the latter with the sides of the triangle lie on a line parallel to the base.
- If the height of a rectangle is 7 1/6 mm and the perimeter is 27 2/15 mm, what is the length of the base of the rectangle?
- The length of the base of the rhombus is the length of one of its sides, here shown with 'b'.
- Resting at the thick base of the old tree sat a beautifully etched envelope.
- Her other arm held a shield by her side, the base rested on the floor but she was not leaning on it.
- Because the base of the stone barely touches the base upon which it rests, it appears that it could easily fall over when the sea wind blows.
- 2 (foundation, basis) base (feminine)Example sentences
- That which was, is the foundation for what is now, which becomes the base for what is to come.
- It started with the Native Americans who set the base for all the development.
- It also provides a new base for vital research and study of the disease carried out by the University of Sheffield.
- 3 3.1 (of patrol, for excursion) base (feminine) to return to base volver* a la base 3.2base (camp) (for expedition) campamento (masculine) base 3.3 (of organization) sede (feminine)Example sentences
- Living on a Marine base on the edge of restive Ramadi is a shock to a civilian's senses.
- Analysts have criticised Karzai for clumsy attempts to impose his will by sending in appointees to try to implement disarmament without necessary support bases, or central backup.
- He stressed the successes not just of the aircrew but of the hundreds of Combat Support Group personnel supporting combatant forces at bases within and outside Australia.
- 4 [Cookery/Cocina] 4.1 (main ingredient) base (feminine) dishes with a rice base platos (masculine plural) a base de arroz 4.2 (of pie) base (feminine), fondo (masculine)Example sentences
- There is a firm called Kuze, based in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, specializing in sauces and soup bases.
- Syrups are made with a base of sugar syrup, honey or perhaps maple syrup.
- It has the Dr Pepper flavors as a base with berries thrown into the mix.
- 6 [Chemistry/Química] base (feminine)Example sentences
- Nitric acid reacted with a base will give the nitrate of the salt and water.
- Neutralization is a chemical reaction in which a base reacts with an acid to create water and a salt.
- They found that these nonaqueous-superacid solutions reacted with weak bases which did not react with either sulfuric or perchloric acid in water.
- 7 [Mathematics/Matemáticas] base (feminine)Example sentences
- Some historians believe that the Babylonian base 60 place-value system was transmitted to the Indians via the Greeks.
- The Egyptians had a bases 10 system of hieroglyphs for numerals.
- There is no logical reason why we cannot use any integer bigger than zero for a base.
- In that year Briggs gave a numerical approximation to the base 10 logarithm of e but did not mention e itself in his work.
- Choosing different numbers gives logarithms to different bases.
- Taking logarithms to the base, we are looking for a solution.
- 8 (of word) [Linguistics/Lingüística] raíz (feminine), base (feminine)Example sentences
- The children had to say the base of a suffixed word pronounced by the experimenter.
- According to Crystal, a prefixation is an affix is placed before the base of the word (1997, p. 90).
- The Greek Xu-w, which etymologists justly connect with our loose, loosen, may possibly be the base of the word.
- So if you want to conjugate a regular - er verb, simply remove the - er ending from the infinitive and place the base of the verb in front of the endings.
- Determine the ending of the verb that goes with that pronoun and add it to the base of the verb you want to use in the sentence.
- The verb base is what you look up in the dictionary when you want to know how to say something.
- 9 (in baseball) base (feminine) to be off base (American English/inglés norteamericano) (wrong) estar* equivocado (lit: in baseball) estar* fuera de (la) base to catch sb off base (American English/inglés norteamericano) (by surprise) pillar or (Latin America/América Latina) agarrar a algn desprevenido (lit: in baseball) pillar or (Latin America/América Latina) agarrar a algn fuera de (la) base to touch base I called them, just to touch base los llamé, para mantener el contacto her speech touched every base (American English/inglés norteamericano) en su discurso tocó todos los puntos de interés to reach/get to first base in sth (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar] agarrarle la onda a algo (Latin America/América Latina) [colloquial/familiar], cogerle* el tranquillo a algo (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar] to reach/get to first base with sb (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar] agarrar confianza con algn (Latin America/América Latina) [colloquial/familiar], coger* confianza con algn (Spain/España)Example sentences
- Four different times I switched over to see the bases loaded, scoring I believe a total of one run.
- He first arranged four of these in a diamond-shaped pattern to represent the bases and home plate.
- There's no reason he shouldn't hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases if he stays healthy.
transitive verb/verbo transitivo
- 1 (found) to base sth
ono uponsth [opinion/conclusion] basar or fundamentar algo enalgo the movie is based on a real event la película se basa or está basada en una historia real
- 2 (locate) basar he's based in Madrid tiene su base en Madrid where are you based now? ¿dónde estás ( or vives etc) ahora?
adjective/adjetivo (baser, basest)
- (unworthy) [conduct/motive/accusation] abyecto, innoble, vilExample sentences
- And it is one way to shine moral clarity on a subject that too often inspires only base moral equivalence.
- My base instinct was to go round the dressing room and clip a few, but unfortunately those days were well gone.
- By appealing to the base instincts of race and religion the President and his able cohorts are naturally inducing one crisis after the other.