1》 the lowest part of something, especially the part on which it rests or is supported.
    ↘Architecture the part of a column between the shaft and pedestal or pavement.
    ↘Botany & Zoology the end at which a part or organ is attached to the trunk or main participle
2》 a conceptual structure or entity on which something draws or depends: the town's economic base collapsed.
    ↘a foundation or starting point.
3》 a person's main place of work or residence.
    ↘a centre of operations for military or other activity.
4》 a main element or ingredient to which other things are added.
    ↘a substance into which a pigment is mixed to form paint.
5》 Chemistry a substance capable of reacting with an acid to form a salt and water, or of accepting or neutralizing hydrogen ions.
6》 Electronics the middle part of a bipolar transistor, separating the emitter from the collector.
7》 Linguistics the root or stem of a word or a derivative.
    ↘the uninflected form of a verb.
8》 Mathematics a number used as the basis of a numeration scale.
    ↘a number in terms of which other numbers are expressed as logarithms.
9》 Baseball one of the four stations that must be reached in turn to score a run.
1》 (base something on) use something as the foundation for: the film is based on a novel.
2》 use a place as a centre of operations.
get to first base informal, chiefly N. Amer. achieve the first step towards one's objective.
off base informal mistaken.
touch base informal briefly make or renew contact.
-based adjective
ME: from OFr., from L. basis 'base, pedestal', from Gk.
1》 without moral principles; ignoble.
2》 archaic denoting or befitting a person of low social class.
3》 (of coins or other articles) not made of precious metal.
basely adverb
baseness noun
ME (in the sense 'low, short'): from OFr. bas, from med. L. bassus 'short' (found in classical L. as a cognomen).

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