Definitions for bottom
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word bottom.
bottom, underside, undersurfacenoun
the lower side of anything
the lowest part of anything
"they started at the bottom of the hill"
buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, assnoun
the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
"he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
bottom, bottom of the inningnoun
the second half of an inning; while the home team is at bat
a depression forming the ground under a body of water
"he searched for treasure on the ocean bed"
low-lying alluvial land near a river
bottom, freighter, merchantman, merchant shipadjective
a cargo ship
"they did much of their overseas trade in foreign bottoms"
situated at the bottom or lowest position
"the bottom drawer"
the lowest rank
"bottom member of the class"
provide with a bottom or a seat
"bottom the chairs"
strike the ground, as with a ship's bottom
penetrate, fathom, bottomverb
come to understand
The lowest part from the uppermost part, in either of these senses:
Character, reliability, staying power, dignity, integrity or sound judgment.
a valley, often used in place names.
Where shall we go for a walk? How about Ashcombe Bottom?
The buttocks or anus.
a cargo vessel, a ship.
certain parts of a vessel, particularly the cargo hold or the portion of the ship that is always underwater.
The second half of an inning, the home team's turn to bat.
A submissive in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
A gay man who likes to take a passive sexual role rather than an active role (e.g. to be penetrated in anal sex rather than to penetrate).
To fall to the lowest point.
To establish firmly; to found or justify on or upon something; to set on a firm footing; to set or rest on or upon something which provides support or authority.
To be the submissive in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
To be anally penetrated in gay sex
A bottom quark.
The lowest part of a container.
The lowest or last place or position.
Those files should go on the bottom shelf.
Etymology: botm, bodan, from buthm- (compare bodem, boden, Boden), from bʰudʰ- (compare बुध्न,, fundus, bond, Albanian bythë. Meaning "posterior of a man" is from 1794; the verb "to reach the bottom of" is from 1808. Bottom dollar "the last dollar one has" is from 1882.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: botm, Saxon; bodem, Germ.
Shallow brooks that flow’d so clear,
The bottom did the top appear. Dryden.
On this supposition my reasonings proceed, and cannot be affected by objections which are far from being built on the same bottom. Francis Atterbury.
In the purlieus stands a sheep-cote,
West of this place; down in the neighbour bottom. William Shakespeare, As you like it.
On both the shores of that fruitful bottom, which I have before mentioned, are still to be seen the marks of ancient edifices. Joseph Addison, on Italy.
Equal convexity could never be seen: the inhabitants of such an earth could have only the prospect of a little circular plane, which would appear to have an acclivity on all sides; so that every man would fancy himself the lowest, and that he always dwelt and moved in a bottom. Richard Bentley.
His proposals and arguments should with freedom be examined to the bottom, that, if there be any mistake in them, no body may be misled by his reputation. John Locke.
But there’s no bottom, none,
In my voluptuousness. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
As I return, I will fetch off these justices: I do see the bottom of Justice Shallow: how subject we old men are to the vice of lying! William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.
He wrote many things which are not published in his name; and was at the bottom of many excellent counsels, in which he did not appear. Addison.
A bawbling vessel was he captain of,
With which, such scathful grapple did he make
With the most noble bottom of our fleet. William Shakespeare, T. Night.
My ventures are not in one bottom trusted;
Nor to one place. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.
We have memory, not of one ship that ever returned, and but of thirteen persons only, at several times, that chose to return in our bottoms. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.
He’s a foolish seaman,
That when his ship is sinking, will not
Unlade his hopes into another bottom. John Denham, Sophy.
He puts to sea upon his own bottom; holds the stern himself; and now, if ever, we may expect new discoveries. John Norris.
He spreads his canvas, with his pole he steers,
The freights of flitting ghosts in his thin bottom bears. Dryd.
He began to say, that himself and the prince were too much to venture in one bottom. Edward Hyde, b. viii.
We are embarked with them on the same bottom, and must be partakers of their happiness or misery. Spect. №. 273.
This whole argument will be like bottoms of thread, close wound up. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.
The silkworms finish their bottoms in about fifteen days. John Mortimer, Husbandry.
Each Christmas they accounts did clear,
And wound their bottom round the year. Matthew Prior.
Etymology: from the noun.
They may have something of obscurity, as being bottomed upon, and fetched from the true nature of the things. Matthew Hale.
Pride has a very strong foundation in the mind; it is bottomed upon self-love. Jeremy Collier, on Pride.
The grounds upon which we bottom our reasoning, are but a part; something is left out, which should go into the reckoning. John Locke.
Every action is supposed to be bottomed upon some principle. Francis Atterbury.
Therefore, as you unwind your love for him,
Lest it should ravel, and be good to none,
You must provide to bottom it on me. William Shakespeare, T. G. of Ver.
To rest upon as its support.
Find out upon what foundation any proposition, advanced, bottoms; and observe the intermediate ideas, by which it is joined to that foundation upon which it is erected. John Locke.
Bottom can refer to the lowest or lowest ranking position or part of something. It can also describe a submissive or passive role in a power dynamic, typically within a sexual context.
the lowest part of anything; the foot; as, the bottom of a tree or well; the bottom of a hill, a lane, or a page
the part of anything which is beneath the contents and supports them, as the part of a chair on which a person sits, the circular base or lower head of a cask or tub, or the plank floor of a ship's hold; the under surface
that upon which anything rests or is founded, in a literal or a figurative sense; foundation; groundwork
the bed of a body of water, as of a river, lake, sea
the fundament; the buttocks
low land formed by alluvial deposits along a river; low-lying ground; a dale; a valley
the part of a ship which is ordinarily under water; hence, the vessel itself; a ship
power of endurance; as, a horse of a good bottom
dregs or grounds; lees; sediment
of or pertaining to the bottom; fundamental; lowest; under; as, bottom rock; the bottom board of a wagon box; bottom prices
to found or build upon; to fix upon as a support; -- followed by on or upon
to furnish with a bottom; as, to bottom a chair
to reach or get to the bottom of
to rest, as upon an ultimate support; to be based or grounded; -- usually with on or upon
to reach or impinge against the bottom, so as to impede free action, as when the point of a cog strikes the bottom of a space between two other cogs, or a piston the end of a cylinder
a ball or skein of thread; a cocoon
to wind round something, as in making a ball of thread
Bottom is a British sitcom television series that originally aired on BBC2 between 1991 and 1995. It was written by and starring comic duo Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall as Richie and Eddie, two flatmates who live on the dole in Hammersmith, London. The program ran for three series, and was followed by five stage show tours across the United Kingdom between 1993 and 2003, and a feature film Guest House Paradiso. The show is noted for its chaotic, nihilistic humour and violent comedy slapstick. In 2008, Bottom came in at number 45 in a poll to determine "Britain's Best Sitcom" by the BBC. The show continues to be shown in the UK on Gold and Dave, and has been dubbed in other languages. In Spain the show is known as La pareja basura which aired on Canal+. The theme music was provided by The Bum Notes, a band that once featured Edmondson, and is a cover of "Last Night" by The Mar-Keys. Plans were made in 2012 for a BBC spin-off series, Hooligan's Island, featuring the Richie and Eddie characters from Bottom. However, that project was cancelled that October prior to production as Edmondson explained that he wished to pursue other interests.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bot′um, n. the lowest part of anything: that on which anything rests or is founded: the sitting part of the human body: the foot of a page, &c.: low land, as in a valley: the keel of a ship, hence the vessel itself: the fundamental character of anything, as physical stamina, financial resources, &c.: the portion of a wig hanging down over the shoulder, as in 'full-bottom'—full-bottomed wig: (Shak.) a ball of thread.—v.t. to found or rest upon: (Shak.) to wind round or upon.—adj. Bott′omed.—ns. Bott′om-glade, a glade or open space in a bottom or valley; Bott′om-grass (Shak.) grass growing on bottom lands.—adj. Bott′omless.—n. Bott′omry, a contract by which money is borrowed on the security of a ship or bottom.—Bottomless pit—hell.—At bottom, in reality.—From the bottom of the heart, from the very heart.—To be at the bottom of, to be the real origin of; To stand on one's own bottom, to be independent of; To touch bottom, to reach the lowest point. [A.S. botm; Ger. boden; conn. with L. fundus, bottom, Gael. bonn, the sole.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a weaver in the interlude in "Midsummer-Night's Dream," whom, with his ass's head, Titania falls in love with under the influence of a love-potion.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A name for rich low land formed by alluvial deposits: but in a general sense it denotes the lowest part of a thing, in contradistinction to the top or uppermost part. In navigation, it is used to denote as well the channel of rivers and harbours as the body or hull of a ship. Thus, in the former sense we say "a gravelly bottom, clayey bottom," &c., and in the latter sense "a British bottom, a Dutch bottom," &c. By statute, certain commodities imported in foreign bottoms pay a duty called "petty customs," over and above what they are liable to if imported in British bottoms. Bottom of a ship or boat is that part which is below the wales.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bottom is ranked #17526 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Bottom surname appeared 1,607 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Bottom.
87.5% or 1,407 total occurrences were White.
6.6% or 107 total occurrences were Black.
2.8% or 46 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.9% or 31 total occurrences were of two or more races.
0.5% or 9 total occurrences were Asian.
0.4% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'bottom' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2206
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'bottom' in Written Corpus Frequency: #705
Rank popularity for the word 'bottom' in Nouns Frequency: #769
Rank popularity for the word 'bottom' in Adjectives Frequency: #657
The numerical value of bottom in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of bottom in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink, I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. I would drink deeper; fish fill the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars. I cannot count one. I know not the first letter of the alphabet. I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.
I actually said last year the prices had hit the bottom, but they kept on falling, but I really think the market is at the bottom as mines have been closing and coal mining companies have been putting themselves up on sale.
There's been a gradual rise in the economies of all nations ... but it's leaving behind a bottom segment of society, and that bottom segment of society is who gets the neglected tropical diseases.
These unhappy times call for the building of plans that build from the bottom up and not from the top down, that put their faith once more in the forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid.
The leaders I met, whatever walk of life they were from, whatever institutions they were presiding over, always referred back to the same failure something that happened to them that was personally difficult, even traumatic, something that made them feel that desperate sense of hitting bottom--as something they thought was almost a necessity. It's as if at that moment the iron entered their soul that moment created the resilience that leaders need.
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Translations for bottom
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- κάτω μέροςGreek
- parte inferioreItalian
- 맨 아래Korean
- ни� нийRussian
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