|1.||[ verb ] use as a basis for; found on|
|Synonyms:||establish found ground|
"base a claim on some observation"
|Related terms:||build basis foundation|
|2.||[ adjective ] serving as or forming a base|
"the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats"
|3.||[ noun ] (military) installation from which a military force initiates operations|
"the attack wiped out our forward bases"
|Related terms:||military_installation army_base air_base navy_base rocket_base firebase military|
|4.||[ noun ] lowest support of a structure|
|Synonyms:||foot foundation groundwork substructure understructure fundament|
"it was built on a base of solid rock" "he stood at the foot of the tower"
|Related terms:||support raft_foundation bed structure|
|5.||[ noun ] (baseball,games) place that runner must touch before scoring|
"he scrambled to get back to the bag"
|Related terms:||baseball_equipment home_plate third_base second_base first_base baseball_diamond|
|6.||[ noun ] the bottom or lowest part|
"the base of the mountain"
|7.||[ noun ] the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained|
|Synonyms:||basis groundwork cornerstone fundament foundation|
"the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
|Related terms:||assumption meat_and_potatoes explanation|
|8.||[ noun ] (economics,politics) a lower limit|
: "the government established a wage floor"
|Related terms:||control wage_floor price_floor|
|9.||[ noun ] (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment|
: "the base of the skull"
|Related terms:||bottom anatomy|
|10.||[ noun ] a support or foundation|
"the base of the lamp"
|Related terms:||support staddle trivet trivet brass_monkey|
|11.||[ adjective ] of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)|
|Synonyms:||humble lowly baseborn|
"baseborn wretches with dirty faces" "of humble (or lowly) birth"
|12.||[ noun ] (mathematics,geometry) the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed|
"the base of the triangle"
|13.||[ verb ] assign to a station|
|Synonyms:||send station post place|
|Related terms:||move locate garrison fort position post station|
|14.||[ noun ] (finance,business) the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area|
"the industrial base of Japan"
|Related terms:||structure store water_system transportation_system sewage_system school_system main penal_institution fire_station power_system public_works gas_system communication_system|
|15.||[ verb ] use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes|
|16.||[ noun ] (chemistry) 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"
|Related terms:||compound pyridine thymine purine imidazole melamine purine uracil pyrimidine cytosine alkalize|
|17.||[ adjective ] (archaic) illegitimate|
|Related terms:||archaism illegitimate|
|18.||[ noun ] (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed|
|Synonyms:||stem root theme radical root_word|
"thematic vowels are part of the stem"
|Related terms:||form linguistics|
|19.||[ noun ] a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit|
"a tub should sit on its own base"
|Related terms:||bottom box lamp vessel|
|20.||[ adjective ] debased; not genuine|
"an attempt to eliminate the base coinage"
|21.||[ adjective ] not adhering to ethical or moral principles|
|Synonyms:||immoral dishonourable unethical dishonorable|
"base and unpatriotic motives" "a base, degrading way of life" "cheating is dishonorable" "they considered colonialism immoral" "unethical practices in handling public funds"
|22.||[ adjective ] having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality|
"liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics"
|23.||[ noun ] the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end|
|Related terms:||location station|
|24.||[ noun ] (politics) an intensely anti-western terrorist network that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist group; has cells in more than 50 countries|
|Synonyms:||al-qaeda al-qaida qaeda al-qa'ida|
|Related terms:||foreign_terrorist_organization Afghanistan|
|25.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 30771|
|26.||[ adjective ] (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal|
"base coins of aluminum" "a base metal"
|27.||[ noun ] (in a digital numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place|
"10 is the radix of the decimal system"
|Related terms:||number numeration_system|
|28.||[ noun ] the most important or necessary part of something|
"the basis of this drink is orange juice"
|29.||[ noun ] the principal ingredient of a mixture|
"glycerinated gelatin is used as a base for many ointments" "he told the painter that he wanted a yellow base with just a hint of green" "everything she cooked seemed to have rice as the base"
|Related terms:||ingredient free-base|
|30.||[ noun ] (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector|
|Related terms:||electrode transistor electronics|