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Princeton's WordNet

  1. baselinenoun

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

    "the established a baseline for the budget"

  2. service line, baselinenoun

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

  3. baselinenoun

    the lines a baseball player must follow while running the bases


  1. baselinenoun

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

    A laser level generates a convenient baseline for interior work.

  2. baselinenoun

    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. baselinenoun

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

    Several characters typically have descenders below the lower baseline.

  4. baselinenoun

    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. baselinenoun

    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. baselineverb

    To provide a baseline for measurement.

  7. baselineverb

    To play from the baseline.


  1. Baseline

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


  1. baseline

    A baseline is a starting point, reference point, or standard used for comparison. It can be used in various fields, such as medical or scientific research, project management, sports, etc. It represents conditions or measurements at the beginning of a period, or before an intervention or any changes applied. This point of reference is then used to compare the current state or progress, measure performance, or analyze the efficacy of an intervention.


  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.

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  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

Examples of baseline in a Sentence

  1. Gavin Schmidt:

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

  2. Dorian Deshauer:

    Once you abandon the idea of a personal baseline, it becomes possible to think of emotional suffering as relapse—instead of something to be expected from an individual’s way of being in the world.

  3. Dr. Nabil El Sanadi:

    I would recommend that each one of us get a baseline assessment of our healthcare status by our primary care provider before starting any wellness initiative.

  4. Mike Campisi:

    We came to the realization that we can do AAW(anti-air warfare) with baseline 5. That opened up a world of potential for concept of operations for the Navy –for fleet defense and area defense strategies.

  5. Adupa Rao:

    In the medical world, acute illnesses usually mean a week to two weeks of illness. Subacute means anywhere from two to four weeks and chronic means anything from four to six weeks on that is persistent, so, the chronic long Covid symptoms are usually people that don't return to their baseline or close to their baseline after the initial infection -- and being able to diagnose long Covid is quite difficult.

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