1. [ verb ] use as a basis for; found on
Synonyms: establish found ground

"base a claim on some observation"

Related terms: build basis foundation
2. [ adjective ] serving as or forming a base
Synonyms: basal

"the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats"

Related terms: basic
3. [ noun ] (military) installation from which a military force initiates operations
Synonyms: base_of_operations

"the attack wiped out our forward bases"

Related terms: military_installation army_base air_base navy_base rocket_base firebase military
4. [ noun ] lowest support of a structure
Synonyms: foot foundation groundwork substructure understructure fundament

"it was built on a base of solid rock" "he stood at the foot of the tower"

Related terms: support raft_foundation bed structure
5. [ noun ] (baseball,games) place that runner must touch before scoring
Synonyms: bag

"he scrambled to get back to the bag"

Related terms: baseball_equipment home_plate third_base second_base first_base baseball_diamond
6. [ noun ] the bottom or lowest part

"the base of the mountain"

Related terms: part
7. [ noun ] the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
Synonyms: basis groundwork cornerstone fundament foundation

"the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"

Related terms: assumption meat_and_potatoes explanation
8. [ noun ] (economics,politics) a lower limit
Synonyms: floor

: "the government established a wage floor"

Related terms: control wage_floor price_floor
9. [ noun ] (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment

: "the base of the skull"

Related terms: bottom anatomy
10. [ noun ] a support or foundation
Synonyms: stand pedestal

"the base of the lamp"

Related terms: support staddle trivet trivet brass_monkey
11. [ adjective ] of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)
Synonyms: humble lowly baseborn

"baseborn wretches with dirty faces" "of humble (or lowly) birth"

Related terms: lowborn
12. [ noun ] (mathematics,geometry) the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed

"the base of the triangle"

Related terms: flank
13. [ verb ] assign to a station
Synonyms: send station post place
Related terms: move locate garrison fort position post station
14. [ noun ] (finance,business) the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area
Synonyms: infrastructure

"the industrial base of Japan"

Related terms: structure store water_system transportation_system sewage_system school_system main penal_institution fire_station power_system public_works gas_system communication_system
15. [ verb ] use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
Synonyms: free-base
Related terms: drug
16. [ noun ] (chemistry) any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water
Synonyms: alkali

"bases include oxides and hydroxides of metals and ammonia"

Related terms: compound pyridine thymine purine imidazole melamine purine uracil pyrimidine cytosine alkalize
17. [ adjective ] (archaic) illegitimate
Synonyms: baseborn
Related terms: archaism illegitimate
18. [ noun ] (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed
Synonyms: stem root theme radical root_word

"thematic vowels are part of the stem"

Related terms: form linguistics
19. [ noun ] a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit

"a tub should sit on its own base"

Related terms: bottom box lamp vessel
20. [ adjective ] debased; not genuine

"an attempt to eliminate the base coinage"

Related terms: counterfeit
21. [ adjective ] not adhering to ethical or moral principles
Synonyms: immoral dishonourable unethical dishonorable

"base and unpatriotic motives" "a base, degrading way of life" "cheating is dishonorable" "they considered colonialism immoral" "unethical practices in handling public funds"

Related terms: wrong
22. [ adjective ] having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
Synonyms: mean meanspirited

"liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics"

Related terms: ignoble
23. [ noun ] the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end
Synonyms: home
Related terms: location station
24. [ noun ] (politics) an intensely anti-western terrorist network that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist group; has cells in more than 50 countries
Synonyms: al-qaeda al-qaida qaeda al-qa'ida
Related terms: foreign_terrorist_organization Afghanistan
25. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 30771
26. [ adjective ] (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal

"base coins of aluminum" "a base metal"

Related terms: inferior
27. [ noun ] (in a digital numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place
Synonyms: radix

"10 is the radix of the decimal system"

Related terms: number numeration_system
28. [ noun ] the most important or necessary part of something
Synonyms: basis

"the basis of this drink is orange juice"

Related terms: part
29. [ noun ] 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"

Related terms: ingredient free-base
30. [ noun ] (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector
Related terms: electrode transistor electronics
Similar spelling:   Basey