Definitions for basementˈbeɪs mənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

base•mentˈbeɪs mənt(n.)

  1. a story of a building, partly or wholly underground.

  2. (in classical and Renaissance architecture) the portion of a building beneath the principal story, treated as a single compositional unit.

    Category: Architecture

  3. the lowermost portion of a structure.

    Category: Architecture

  4. the undifferentiated assemblage of crystalline rock that underlies the sedimentary strata in any region.

    Category: Geology

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. basement, cellar(noun)

    the lowermost portion of a structure partly or wholly below ground level; often used for storage

  2. basement(noun)

    the ground floor facade or interior in Renaissance architecture

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. basement(noun)ˈbeɪs mənt

    rooms below ground in a building

    boxes stored in the basement


  1. basement(Noun)

    A floor of a building below ground level.

  2. basement(Noun)

    Last place in a sports conference standings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Basement(adj)

    the outer wall of the ground story of a building, or of a part of that story, when treated as a distinct substructure. ( See Base, n., 3 (a).) Hence: The rooms of a ground floor, collectively


  1. Basement

    A basement or cellar is one or more floors of a building that are either completely or partially below the ground floor. Basements are typically used as a utility space for a building where such items as the boiler, water heater, breaker panel or fuse box, car park, and air-conditioning system are located; so also are amenities such as the electrical distribution system, and cable television distribution point. However in cities with high property prices such as London, basements are often fitted out to a high standard and used as living space. In British English, the word "basement" is used for underground floors of, for example, department stores, but the word is only used with houses when the space below their ground floor is habitable, with windows and its own access. The word cellar or cellars is used to apply to the whole underground level or to any large underground room. A subcellar is a cellar that lies further underneath.

Translations for basement

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the lowest floor of a building, usually below ground level

She lives in a basement; (also adjective) a basement flat.

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