What does baseline mean?

Definitions for baselineˈbeɪsˌlaɪn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word baseline.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. baseline(noun)

    an imaginary line or standard by which things are measured or compared

    "the established a baseline for the budget"

  2. service line, baseline(noun)

    the back line bounding each end of a tennis or handball court; when serving the server must not step over this line

  3. baseline(noun)

    the lines a baseball player must follow while running the bases


  1. baseline(Noun)

    A line that is a base for measurement or for construction.

    A laser level generates a convenient baseline for interior work.

  2. baseline(Noun)

    A datum used as the basis for calculation or for comparison.

    We used used the last doctor visit to provide baselines for vital statistics.

  3. baseline(Noun)

    A line used as the basis for the alignment of glyphs.

    Several characters typically have descenders below the lower baseline.

  4. baseline(Noun)

    The line at the farthest ends of the court indicating the boundary of the area of play.

    The ref missed the call. The ball hit the baseline.

  5. baseline(Noun)

    A configuration of software, hardware, or a process that is established and documented as a point of reference.

    The baseline configuration includes unsupported components.

  6. baseline(Verb)

    To provide a baseline for measurement.

  7. baseline(Verb)

    To play from the baseline.


  1. Baseline

    In the United States Public Land Survey System, a baseline is the principal east-west line upon which all rectangular surveys in a defined area are based. The baseline meets its corresponding meridian at the point of origin, or initial point, for the land survey. For example, the baseline for Nebraska and Kansas is shared as the border for both states, at the 40th parallel north. More specifically a baseline may be the line that divides a survey township between north and south. Often, a baseline is marked by other features such as a road or boundary between counties.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of baseline in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of baseline in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. President Obama:

    So we've got a baseline of facts.

  2. Dabo Guan:

    Without an accurate baseline, any target will become a number-crunching game.

  3. Gavin Schmidt:

    We've got a rising baseline, so we may anticipate further record highs in the years to come.

  4. Chief Executive Claudio Bergamo:

    Our baseline scenario is maintaining market share. It might even turn out that we win some more.

  5. Barack Obama:

    One of the biggest challenges we have to our democracy is the degree to which we do n’t share a common baseline of facts.

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