base, base of operations(noun)
installation from which a military force initiates operations
"the attack wiped out our forward bases"
foundation, base, fundament, foot, groundwork, substructure, understructure(noun)
lowest support of a structure
"it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower"
a place that the runner must touch before scoring
"he scrambled to get back to the bag"
the bottom or lowest part
"the base of the mountain"
(anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment
"the base of the skull"
a lower limit
"the government established a wage floor"
basis, base, foundation, fundament, groundwork, cornerstone(noun)
the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
"the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
base, pedestal, stand(noun)
a support or foundation
"the base of the lamp"
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"
the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed
"the base of the triangle"
the most important or necessary part of something
"the basis of this drink is orange juice"
(numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place
"10 is the radix of the decimal system"
the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end
al-Qaeda, Qaeda, al-Qa'ida, al-Qaida, Base(noun)
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
root, root word, base, stem, theme, radical(noun)
(linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed
"thematic vowels are part of the stem"
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
"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"
a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit
"a tub should sit on its own base"
(electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector
serving as or forming a base
"the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats"
base, baseborn, humble, lowly(adj)
of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)
"baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly) birth"
(used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal
"base coins of aluminum"; "a base metal"
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"
base, mean, meanspirited(adj)
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 vulgar and meanspirited in politics"
debased; not genuine
"an attempt to eliminate the base coinage"
establish, base, ground, found(verb)
use as a basis for; found on
"base a claim on some observation"
situate as a center of operations
"we will base this project in the new lab"
use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
of little, or less than the usual, height; of low growth; as, base shrubs
low in place or position
of humble birth; or low degree; lowly; mean
illegitimate by birth; bastard
of little comparative value, as metal inferior to gold and silver, the precious metals
alloyed with inferior metal; debased; as, base coin; base bullion
morally low. Hence: Low-minded; unworthy; without dignity of sentiment; ignoble; mean; illiberal; menial; as, a base fellow; base motives; base occupations
not classical or correct
deep or grave in sound; as, the base tone of a violin
not held by honorable service; as, a base estate, one held by services not honorable; held by villenage. Such a tenure is called base, or low, and the tenant, a base tenant
the bottom of anything, considered as its support, or that on which something rests for support; the foundation; as, the base of a statue
fig.: The fundamental or essential part of a thing; the essential principle; a groundwork
the lower part of a wall, pier, or column, when treated as a separate feature, usually in projection, or especially ornamented
the lower part of a complete architectural design, as of a monument; also, the lower part of any elaborate piece of furniture or decoration
that extremity of a leaf, fruit, etc., at which it is attached to its support
the positive, or non-acid component of a salt; a substance which, combined with an acid, neutralizes the latter and forms a salt; -- applied also to the hydroxides of the positive elements or radicals, and to certain organic bodies resembling them in their property of forming salts with acids
the chief ingredient in a compound
a substance used as a mordant
the exterior side of the polygon, or that imaginary line which connects the salient angles of two adjacent bastions
the line or surface constituting that part of a figure on which it is supposed to stand
the number from which a mathematical table is constructed; as, the base of a system of logarithms
a low, or deep, sound. (Mus.) (a) The lowest part; the deepest male voice. (b) One who sings, or the instrument which plays, base
a place or tract of country, protected by fortifications, or by natural advantages, from which the operations of an army proceed, forward movements are made, supplies are furnished, etc
the smallest kind of cannon
that part of an organ by which it is attached to another more central organ
the basal plane of a crystal
the ground mass of a rock, especially if not distinctly crystalline
the lower part of the field. See Escutcheon
the housing of a horse
a kind of skirt ( often of velvet or brocade, but sometimes of mailed armor) which hung from the middle to about the knees, or lower
the lower part of a robe or petticoat
the point or line from which a start is made; a starting place or a goal in various games
a line in a survey which, being accurately determined in length and position, serves as the origin from which to compute the distances and positions of any points or objects connected with it by a system of triangles
a rustic play; -- called also prisoner's base, prison base, or bars
any one of the four bounds which mark the circuit of the infield
to put on a base or basis; to lay the foundation of; to found, as an argument or conclusion; -- used with on or upon
to abase; to let, or cast, down; to lower
to reduce the value of; to debase
A base in chemistry is a substance that can accept hydrogen cations or, more generally, donate a pair of valence electrons. A soluble base is called an alkali if it contains and releases hydroxide ions quantitatively. The Brønsted-Lowry theory defines bases as proton acceptors, while the more general Lewis theory defines bases as electron pair donors, including Lewis acids other than protons. The oldest Arrhenius theory defines bases as hydroxide anions, which is strictly applicable only to alkali. In water, by altering the autoionization equilibrium, bases give solutions with a hydrogen ion activity lower than that of pure water, i.e., a pH higher than 7.0 at standard conditions. Examples of common bases are sodium hydroxide and ammonia. Metal oxides, hydroxides and especially alkoxides are basic, and counteranions of weak acids are weak bases. Bases can be thought of as the chemical opposite of acids. A reaction between an acid and base is called neutralization. Bases and acids are seen as opposites because the effect of an acid is to increase the hydronium ion concentration in water, whereas bases reduce this concentration. Bases and acids are typically found in aqueous solution forms. Aqueous solutions of bases react with aqueous solutions of acids to produce water and salts in aqueous solutions in which the salts separate into their component ions. If the aqueous solution is saturated with a given salt solute, any additional such salt precipitates out of the solution.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bās, n. that on which a thing rests: foot: bottom: foundation: support: the chief ingredient, as in dyeing and chemistry: the starting-point, in a race: the fixed goal across which the ball is struck in hockey, the fixed stations at base-ball: the point from which the operations of a campaign are conducted: a measured line serving as a basis for trigonometrical calculations: the surface on which a plane or solid figure stands: (chem.) a term applied to a compound body, generally consisting of a metal united with oxygen; (archit.) the foot or lower member of a pillar, on which the shaft rests: (her.) the lower portion of the shield—any figure placed on it is said to be 'in base:' a small portion of the base of a shield parted off by a horizontal line is sometimes called a base.—v.t. to found or place on a base:—pr.p. bās′ing; pa.p. based (bāst).—adjs. Bas′al, Bas′ilar, pertaining to or situated at the base, esp. of the skull; Base′less, without a base or foundation.—ns. Base′lessness; Base′ment, the base or lowest story of a building.—adj. Bas′en-wide (Spens.), widely extended.—n. Base′-plate, the foundation plate of a piece of heavy machinery.—n.pl. Bas′es, a kind of embroidered mantle which hung down from the middle to about the knees or lower, worn by knights on horseback: (Spens.) armour for the legs.—ns. Base′-string, the string of a musical instrument that gives the lowest note; Base′-vīol (same as Bass-viol).—adj. Bas′ic (chem.), belonging to or of the nature of a base.—v.t. Bas′ify (chem.), to convert into a salifiable base:—pr.p. bās′ifying; pa.p. bās′ifīed. [Fr.—L.—Gr. basis—ba-, in bainein, to go.]
bās, adj. low in place, value, estimation, or principle: mean: vile: worthless: debased: counterfeit: (law) servile, as opposed to free: humble: (B. and Shak.) lowly.—adj. Base′-born, illegitimate.—adv. Base′ly.—adj. Base′-mind′ed, of a low mind or spirit: mean.—n. Base′ness.—adj. Base′-spir′ited, mean-spirited. [Fr. bas—Low L. bassus, thick, fat, a vulgar Roman word, found also in name Bassus.]
bās, v.t. a form of Abase.
bās, n. an old game played by two sides occupying contiguous spaces, called bases or homes, off which any player is liable to be touched with the hand or struck by a ball by the enemy, and so attached to their sides. Forms of this game are known as Prisoner's Base or Bars, and Rounders, and the national American game of Base-ball is a development from it.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
1. A locality from which operations are projected or supported. 2. An area or locality containing installations which provide logistic or other support. See also establishment. 3. Home airfield or home carrier. See also base of operations; facility.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'base' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1174
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'base' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1569
Rank popularity for the word 'base' in Nouns Frequency: #549
Rank popularity for the word 'base' in Verbs Frequency: #115
The numerical value of base in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of base in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Always be ready to speak your mind and a base man will avoid you.
Progress always involves risk you can't steal second base and keep your foot on first base.
The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.
The creator of the universe works in mysterious ways. But he uses a base ten counting system and likes round numbers.
The big focus right now for an E&P company is where banks will set its borrowing base in the spring, and whether the re-determination of that base affects its liquidity going forward.
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Translations for base
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- قاعدة, مركز, أساس, فاسق, شائع, منخفض, يستند إلى, يبنى على, دنيءArabic
- основа, база, фундамент, старт, долнокачествен, основавам се, подъл, неблагороден, неморален, низък, базирам сеBulgarian
- seu, base, principi, fonament, caserna, basament, innoble, baix, indigne, vil, basar, immoral, abjecte, vulgarCatalan, Valencian
- základ, báze, patka, pikola, zásada, meta, kořen, základnaCzech
- Base, Basis, Grundlage, Kaserne, basierenGerman
- βάση, θεμέλιο, μάνα, έδρα, αγενής, βασίζω, ταπεινός, ποταπός, ευτελής, εδρεύωGreek
- base, sede, bajo, basarSpanish
- aste, alus, baas, alguspunkt, põhi, kodu, peakorter, lähtumaEstonian
- پایه, اساس, پایگاه, پایَه, ستاد, بُنیاد, مبنا, پِی, بُن, قاعده, باز, ریشه, شالودَه, پایهگذاری, پَست, پیریزی, هرزَه, بنیانگذاریPersian
- alkupiste, kanta, pohja, pesä, emäs, tukikohta, päämaja, kantaluku, perusta, perustus, koti, ala-arvoinen, moraaliton, perustaa, sijaita, matala, säädytön, yleinenFinnish
- but, base, caserne, coussin, bas, ignoble, indigne, abject, baserFrench
- base, sede, basearGalician
- bun-ynnyd, neuchostalManx
- בסיס, נקודת מוצא, ירודHebrew
- bazeHaitian Creole
- bázis, támaszpont, lábazat, alapHungarian
- հիմք, բազա, ստոր, հիմնվել, ցածրArmenian
- bazo, kazerno, apogarIdo
- veldisstofn, stikkfrí, bækistöðvar, höfuðstöðvar, herstöð, grunnflöturIcelandic
- base, caserma, basi, sedeItalian
- 基, 基礎, 司令部Japanese
- базис, таянуу, база, негиз салуу, таман, цоколь, негиздөө, түп, негизделүү, фундамент, байыр, негиз, себеп, жайлашууKyrgyz
- netikumīgs, zemisks, zems, netikumisks, nekrietns, prastsLatvian
- papa taunga, take, taketakeMāori
- base, basis, kazerne, vertrekpunt, honk, hoofdkwartier, baserenDutch
- frie, hovedkvarter, baseNorwegian
- podstawa, zasada, bazaPolish
- base, pique, sede, ficar em, basear-se emPortuguese
- bază, cazarmă, fundamentRomanian
- основание, базис, база, основа, старт, штаб-квартира, опорный пункт, фундамент, штабRussian
- baza, osnova, lužina, temeljSerbo-Croatian
- baza, osnovnica, oporišče, temeljSlovene
- bas, kasern, början, grund, grunda, oädel, basera, uselSwedish
- క్షారం, స్థావరం, భూమి, పీఠంTelugu
- üs, temel, baz, merkez, taban, karargâh, kaideTurkish
- bäd, stabönVolapük
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