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  Definition of Base
  1. a support or foundation; "the base of the lamp"
  2. place that runner must touch before scoring; "he scrambled to get back to the bag"
  3. (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector
  4. installation from which a military force initiates operations; "the attack wiped out our forward bases"
  5. a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit; "a tub should sit on its own base"
  6. 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"
  7. lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower"
  8. the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area; "the industrial base of Japan"
  9. the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
  10. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem"
  11. a lower limit; "the government established a wage floor"
  12. 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
  13. the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end
  14. (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment; "the base of the skull"
  15. the bottom or lowest part; "the base of the mountain"
  16. (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place; "10 is the radix of the decimal system"
  17. the most important or necessary part of something; "the basis of this drink is orange juice"
  18. the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed; "the base of the triangle"
  19. 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"
  20. use as a basis for; found on; "base a claim on some observation"
  21. assign to a station
  22. use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
  23. debased; not genuine; "an attempt to eliminate the base coinage"
  24. illegitimate
  25. having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; "that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage"; "chok''d with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; "something essentially vulga
  26. of low birth or station (`base'' is archaic in this sense); "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly) birth"
  27. serving as or forming a base; "the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats"
  28. not adhering to ethical or moral principles; "base and unpatriotic motives"; "a base, degrading way of life"; "cheating is dishonorable"; "they considered colonialism immoral"; "unethical practices in handling public funds"
  29. (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal; "base coins of aluminum"; "a base metal"
Similar Words: base, pedestal, stand, bag, base of operations, foundation, fundament, foot, groundwork, substructure, understructure, infrastructure, basis, cornerstone, root, root word, stem, theme, radical, floor, al-Qaeda, Qaeda, al-Qa'ida, al-Qaida, home, radix, alkali, establish, ground, found, station, post, send, place, free-base, baseborn, mean, meanspirited, humble, lowly, basal, dishonorable, dishonourable, immoral, unethical


Hyponyms: brass monkey, staddle, trivet, first base, home plate, home base, home, plate, second base, third base, third, air base, air station, army base, firebase, navy base, rocket base, bed, raft foundation, meat and potatoes, price floor, wage floor, pyridine, purine, imidazole, iminazole, glyoxaline, melamine, cyanuramide, pyrimidine, build, garrison, fort, locate, place, site


Part Meronyms: baseball diamond, diamond, infield, transistor, junction transistor, electronic transistor, vessel, box, lamp, structure, construction, explanation


Derivational Morphology: station, post, base, send, place, free-base, establish, ground, found, stem, alkalize, alkalise, alkalify, basify, foundation, basis, fundament, groundwork, cornerstone, reason, position, berth, office, spot, billet, situation, base of operations, home, alkali


Language Translations:
Catalan: base   Dutch: base and basis  
Finnish: emäs and kanta and perustus and tukikohta   French: base  
German: Base and Basis and Kaserne   Hebrew: בסיס  
Ido: bazo and kazerno   Italian: base and basi  
Portuguese: base   Slovene: baza and osnovnica and temelj  
Spanish: base   Swedish: bas and grund  
Telugu: క్షారం and పీఠం and భూమి and స్థావరం   Turkish: üs and baz and taban and temel  
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