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base jump

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Pronunciation: /beɪs ˈdʒʌmp
 
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(also BASE jump)

Definition of base jump in English:

noun

A parachute jump from a fixed point, typically a high building or promontory, rather than an aircraft.
Example sentences
  • I've done more than 1,000 BASE jumps and 2,000 skydives now and every time I walk up to the edge of whatever the object is, I'm nervous.
  • He is a former sky surfing champion and a member of the first team to incorporate acrobatic stunts in a BASE jump.
  • He has completed 2,000 skydives and 1,400 BASE jumps.

verb

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(base-jump) [no object] Perform a base jump: he base jumped from the top on to the glacier below
More example sentences
  • ‘You know, Lynnie, we could base-jump from this ledge,’ he said.
  • I would rather base jump off a two-story building than relive a single moment of high school.
  • Once a year, on the third Saturday in October("Bridge Day"), permission to BASE jump has explicitly been granted at the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia.

Origin

1980s: base from building, antenna-tower, span, earth (denoting the types of structure used).

Derivatives

base jumper

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Base is an acronym for Bridge, Antenna, Span and Earth - ie, the objects base jumpers launch themselves off.
  • Today, it is the outdoor activity capital of southern Utah, and mountains around it echo with whooping base jumpers, spluttering river rafters and the squeal of tortured mountain bikes.
  • Last week John, 29, one of the Scots base jumpers, dismissed suggestions that they were endangering the public and said more jumps were planned in the coming months.

base jumping

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noun
Example sentences
  • The result is our definitive list - in no particular order - comprising everything from World Cup finals and grand slam events to base jumping and bull running in India.
  • This remains the unofficial home of base jumping; unofficial because base jumping is illegal, and there have been numerous fatalities.
  • Everywhere offers bungee jumps and whitewater rafting, but Malaysia doesn't mess about - it is one of the only places to allow base-jumping.

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