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base1 British & World English

The lowest part or edge of something, especially the part on which it rests or is supported

base2 British & World English

Without moral principles; ignoble

base1 English Thesaurus

the base of the tower

base2 English Thesaurus

some of these struggles have been inspired by base motives

acid–base British & World English

(Usually attributive) designating a process, property, etc., involving or dependent on the reaction between an acid and a base.

on-base British & World English

Baseball. Usually in on-base percentage. Relating to the number of times a player reaches base in relation to his or her at bats.

base box British & World English

A box serving as the base of an object or structure.

base case British & World English

The particular case of a system being analysed in which no variables are changed from their initial values.

base coat British & World English

A preliminary coating used to prepare a surface for a subsequent or finishing coat: a substance used as such a coating.

base form British & World English

The simple form from which the derivatives and inflected forms of a word arise.

base map British & World English

A map that shows important basic information, to which can be added more specialized information relevant to a particular study or purpose.

base path British & World English

The straight-line path from one base to the next, along which a base runner travels while a play is being made

base pay British & World English

The base rate of pay for a job or activity, excluding additional payments such as overtime or bonuses

base peak British & World English

The most intense peak in a mass spectrum, conventionally assigned an intensity of 100.

base-poor British & World English

Containing few basic ions.

base-rich British & World English

Rich in basic ions (typically calcium and magnesium).

base ring British & World English

Gunnery a moulding on the breech of a cannon between the base and the first reinforce.

base word British & World English

A word that serves as a base form.

base year British & World English

A year used as a starting point for statistical comparisons with subsequent years, especially in economic indexes.

oil base British & World English

An oil used as a main ingredient in, or foundation or medium for, paint, varnish, perfume, or some other product (frequently attributive).

one-base British & World English

Designating a hit that enables the batter to reach the first base.

oxy-base British & World English

A base containing oxygen.

sub-base British & World English

Architecture. The lowest part of a horizontally divided base.

word base British & World English

The simple form from which the derivatives and inflected forms of a word arise; the uninflected or unaffixed form of a word.

base camp British & World English

A camp from which mountaineering expeditions set out or from which a particular activity can be carried out

base hit British & World English

A fair ball hit such that the batter can advance safely to a base without an error by the team in the field

base jump British & World English

A parachute jump from a fixed point, typically a high building or promontory, rather than an aircraft

base pair British & World English

A pair of complementary bases in a double-stranded nucleic acid molecule, consisting of a purine in one strand linked by hydrogen bonds to a pyrimidine in the other. Cytosine always pairs with guanine, and adenine with thymine (in DNA) or uracil (in RNA)

base rate British & World English

(In the UK) the interest rate set by the Bank of England for lending to other banks, used as the benchmark for interest rates generally

base unit British & World English

A fundamental unit that is defined arbitrarily and not by combinations of other units. The base units of the SI system are the metre, kilogram, second, ampere, kelvin, mole, and candela

fan base British & World English

The fans of a particular well-known person, group, team, etc. considered as a distinct social grouping

home base British & World English

A place from which operations or activities are carried out; headquarters

time base British & World English

A signal for uniformly and repeatedly deflecting the electron beam of a cathode ray tube

asset base British & World English

The total assets owned by an individual, group, or company which underlie various financial activities or operations; especially those assets on which a company draws or depends for its operation.

base burner British & World English

A stove or furnace that burns fuel in a chamber at the base which is replenished from above by means of a hopper

base circle British & World English

The circle from which are generated the involutes forming the profiles of gear teeth, having the form of a circle concentric with the pitch circle but of slightly smaller diameter.

base court British & World English

Architecture. The lower or outer court of a castle or mansion, occupied by the servants. Also: a court at the back of an early farmhouse, containing the outbuildings.

base dance British & World English

A dance in slow time consisting of gliding movements and stately posing, the feet being only slightly raised from the ground.

base level British & World English

The lowest level to which a land surface can be eroded by running water.

base-level British & World English

To reduce (an area, feature, etc.) to base level by erosion.

base-minded British & World English

Having a base mind; = base.

base model British & World English

A basic version of a product, to which alterations, additions, and enhancements can be made as desired; specifically the standard (and usually cheapest) model of a motor vehicle.

base-paired British & World English

Organized into or containing base pairs.

base point British & World English

The middle point of the base of a shield.

base price British & World English

The standard price of a product before taking into account any varying factors such as discounts, taxes, additional charges for optional features, etc.

base runner British & World English

A player on the team at bat who is on a base, or running between bases

base salary British & World English

The standard minimum salary received by a person, exclusive of any additional compensation such as bonuses or commission.

base stock British & World English

A certain amount of stock assumed to be constantly held in inventory by a company, as the minimum quantity required to continue operating; frequently attributive, especially designating a method of accounting (not generally regarded as acceptable) in which such stock is valued at its original cost.

base surge British & World English

A ringlike turbulent cloud of gas, ash, debris, etc., that spreads rapidly outwards at ground or sea level from the site of a nuclear explosion, a meteorite impact, or a volcanic eruption.

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