- base as a noun:
- 14 Base
- 15 base
- 20 as a verb:
- 3 as an adjective:
Installation from which a military force initiates operations:
— The attack wiped out our forward bases.
synonym: base of operations.
Lowest support of a structure:
— It was built on a base of solid rock.
Dutch: basis, bedding, fundament, fundering, grondslag, grondvest, grondvesting
A place that the runner must touch before scoring.
The bottom or lowest part.
Dutch: basis, onderstuk
anatomy The part of an organ nearest its point of attachment.
A lower limit.
The fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained.
Dutch: fundament, grond, grondslag, hoeksteen, initia, ondergrond, pijler, substantie, voet
A support or foundation:
— The base of the lamp.
Dutch: basement, piëdestal, postament, sokkel, standaard, stander, voetstuk
A phosphoric ester of a nucleoside; the basic structural unit of nucleic acids (DNA or RNA).
Any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water:
— Bases include oxides and hydroxides of metals and ammonia.
Dutch: alkali, base, basis, vertrekpunt
The bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed.
The most important or necessary part of something.
numeration system The positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place.
Polish: podstawa potęgi, podstawa
The place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end.
Dutch: basis, thuisbasis
A terrorist network intensely opposed to the United States that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist groups; has cells in more than 50 countries.
Dutch: Al Qaida
linguistics The form of a word after all affixes are removed.
Polish: morfem leksykalny, pień, pierwiastek, rdzeń
The stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area:
— The industrial base of Japan.
The principal ingredient of a mixture.
A flat bottom on which something is intended to sit.
Dutch: bodem, grondvlak
electronics The part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector.
Dutch: basis, honk
Use as a basis for; found on:
— Base a claim on some observation.
Situate as a center of operations.
Use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes.
Serving as or forming a base:
— The painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats.
Of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense):
— Baseborn wretches with dirty faces.
used of metals Consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal.
Not adhering to ethical or moral principles:
— Base and unpatriotic motives.
— A base, degrading way of life.
Having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality:
— That liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble.
Debased; not genuine.
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