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base 1

 (bās)
n.
1. The lowest or bottom part: the base of a cliff; the base of a lamp.
2. Biology
a. The part of a plant or animal organ that is nearest to its point of attachment.
b. The point of attachment of such an organ.
3.
a. A supporting part or layer; a foundation: a skyscraper built on a base of solid rock.
b. A basic or underlying element; infrastructure: the nation's industrial base.
4. The fundamental principle or underlying concept of a system or theory; a basis.
5. A fundamental ingredient; a chief constituent: a paint with an oil base.
6. The fact, observation, or premise from which a reasoning process is begun.
7.
a. Games A starting point, safety area, or goal.
b. Baseball Any one of the four corners of an infield, marked by a bag or plate, that must be touched by a runner before a run can be scored.
8.
a. A center of organization, supply, or activity; a headquarters.
b. The portion of a social organization, especially a political party, consisting of the most dedicated or motivated members.
9.
a. A fortified center of operations.
b. A supply center for a large force of military personnel.
10. A facial cosmetic used to even out the complexion or provide a surface for other makeup; a foundation.
11. Architecture The lowest part of a structure, such as a wall, considered as a separate unit: the base of a column.
12. Heraldry The lower part of a shield.
13. Linguistics A morpheme or morphemes regarded as a form to which affixes or other bases may be added.
14. Mathematics
a. The side or face of a geometric figure to which an altitude is or is thought to be drawn.
b. The number that is raised to various powers to generate the principal counting units of a number system. The base of the decimal system, for example, is 10.
c. The number raised to the logarithm of a designated number in order to produce that designated number; the number at which a chosen logarithmic scale has the value 1.
15. A line used as a reference for measurement or computations.
16. Chemistry
a. Any of a class of compounds whose aqueous solutions are characterized by a bitter taste, a slippery feel, the ability to turn litmus blue, and the ability to react with acids to form salts.
b. A substance that yields hydroxide ions when dissolved in water.
c. A substance that can act as a proton acceptor.
d. A substance that can donate a pair of electrons to form a covalent bond.
17. Electronics
a. The region in a transistor between the emitter and the collector.
b. The electrode attached to this region.
18. One of the nitrogen-containing purines (adenine and guanine) or pyrimidines (cytosine, thymine, and uracil) that occurs attached to the sugar component of DNA or RNA.
adj.
1. Forming or serving as a base: a base layer of soil.
2. Situated at or near the base or bottom: a base camp for the mountain climbers.
3. Chemistry Of, relating to, or containing a base.
tr.v. based, bas·ing, bas·es
1. To form or provide a base for: based the new company in Portland.
2. To find a basis for; establish: based her conclusions on the report; a film based on a best-selling novel.
3. To assign to a base; station: troops based in the Middle East.
Idiom:
off base
Badly mistaken.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin basis, from Greek; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: base1, basis, foundation, ground1, groundwork
These nouns all pertain to what underlies and supports. Base is used broadly in both literal and figurative contexts: the wide base of the pyramid; a party seeking to expand its power base.
Basis is used in a nonphysical sense: "Healthy scepticism is the basis of all accurate observation" (Arthur Conan Doyle).
Foundation often stresses firmness of support for something of relative magnitude: "Our flagrant disregard for the law attacks the foundation of this society" (Peter D. Relic).
Ground is used figuratively, especially in the plural, to mean a justifiable reason: grounds for divorce.
Groundwork usually has the sense of a necessary preliminary: "It [the Universal Declaration of Human Rights] has laid the groundwork for the world's war crimes tribunals" (Hillary Rodham Clinton).

base 2

 (bās)
adj. bas·er, bas·est
1. Having or showing a lack of decency; contemptible, mean-spirited, or selfish.
2.
a. Being a metal that is of little value.
b. Containing such metals: base coins.
3. Archaic Of low birth, rank, or position.
4. Obsolete Short in stature.
n. Obsolete
A bass singer or voice.

[Middle English bas, low, from Old French, from Medieval Latin bassus.]

base′ly adv.
base′ness n.
Synonyms: base2, low1, abject, ignoble, mean2, sordid
These adjectives mean lacking in dignity or falling short of the standards befitting humans. Base suggests a contemptible, mean-spirited, or selfish lack of human decency: "that liberal obedience, without which your army would be a base rabble" (Edmund Burke).
Something low violates standards of morality, ethics, or propriety: low cunning; a low trick. Abject means degrading or miserable: abject failure; abject poverty. Ignoble means lacking noble qualities, such as elevated moral character: "For my part I think it a less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part" (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.)
Mean suggests pettiness, spite, or stinginess: "Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own" (J.M. Barrie).
Sordid suggests foul, repulsive degradation: "It is through art ... that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence" (Oscar Wilde).

base

(beɪs)
n
1. the bottom or supporting part of anything
2. the fundamental or underlying principle or part, as of an idea, system, or organization; basis
3.
a. a centre of operations, organization, or supply: the climbers made a base at 8000 feet.
b. (as modifier): base camp.
4. (Military) a centre from which military activities are coordinated
5. anything from which a process, as of measurement, action, or thought, is or may be begun; starting point: the new discovery became the base for further research.
6. the main ingredient of a mixture: to use rice as a base in cookery.
7. (Chemistry) a chemical compound that combines with an acid to form a salt and water. A solution of a base in water turns litmus paper blue, produces hydroxyl ions, and has a pH greater than 7. Bases are metal oxides or hydroxides or amines. See also Lewis base
8. (Biochemistry) biochem any of the nitrogen-containing constituents of nucleic acids: adenine, thymine (in DNA), uracil (in RNA), guanine, or cytosine
9. (Dyeing) a medium such as oil or water in which the pigment is dispersed in paints, inks, etc; vehicle
10. (Chemistry) the inorganic material on which the dye is absorbed in lake pigments; carrier
11. (Biology) biology
a. the part of an organ nearest to its point of attachment
b. the point of attachment of an organ or part
12. the bottommost layer or part of anything
13. (Architecture) architect
a. the lowest division of a building or structure
b. the lower part of a column or pier
14. another word for baseline2
15. (Mathematics) the lower side or face of a geometric construction
16. (Mathematics) maths
a. the number of distinct single-digit numbers in a counting system, and so the number represented as 10 in a place-value system: the binary system has two digits, 0 and 1, and 10 to base 2 represents 2. See place-value
b. (of a logarithm or exponential) the number whose powers are expressed: since 1000 = 103, the logarithm of 1000 to base 10 is 3.
c. (of a mathematical structure) a substructure from which the given system can be generated
d. the initial instance from which a generalization is proven by mathematical induction
17. (Logic) logic maths Also called: base clause the initial element of a recursive definition, that defines the first element of the infinite sequence generated thereby
18. (Linguistics) linguistics
a. a root or stem
19. (Electronics) electronics the region in a transistor between the emitter and collector
20. (Photography) photog the glass, paper, or cellulose-ester film that supports the sensitized emulsion with which it is coated
21. (Heraldry) heraldry the lower part of the shield
22. (Jewellery) jewellery the quality factor used in pricing natural pearls
23. (Games, other than specified) a starting or finishing point in any of various games
24. (Baseball) baseball any of the four corners of the diamond, which runners have to reach in order to score
25. the main source of a certain commodity or element: a customer base; their fan base.
26. get to first base informal US and Canadian to accomplish the first stage in a project or a series of objectives
27. off base informal US and Canadian wrong or badly mistaken
28. touch base to make contact
vb
29. (tr foll by on or upon) to use as a basis (for); found (on): your criticisms are based on ignorance.
30. (often foll by: at or in) to station, post, or place (a person or oneself)
[C14: from Old French, from Latin basis pedestal; see basis]

base

(beɪs)
adj
1. devoid of honour or morality; ignoble; contemptible
2. of inferior quality or value
3. debased; alloyed; counterfeit: base currency.
4. (Historical Terms) English history
a. (of land tenure) held by villein or other ignoble service
b. holding land by villein or other ignoble service
5. archaic born of humble parents; plebeian
6. archaic illegitimate
adj, n
(Music, other) music an obsolete spelling of bass1
[C14: from Old French bas, from Late Latin bassus of low height, perhaps from Greek bassōn deeper]
ˈbasely adv
ˈbaseness n

base1

(beɪs)

n., adj., v. based, bas•ing. n.
1. a bottom support; that on which a thing stands or rests.
2. a fundamental principle; basis.
3. the bottom layer or coating, as of makeup or paint.
4.
a. the distinctively treated portion of a column or pier below the shaft.
b. the distinctively treated lowermost portion of any structure, as a monument or exterior wall.
5.
a. the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment.
b. the point of attachment.
6. the principal element or ingredient of anything, considered as its fundamental part: house paint with a lead base.
7. a starting point or point of departure.
8.
a. any of the four corners of a baseball diamond, esp. first, second, or third base. Compare home plate.
b. a square canvas sack marking first, second, or third base.
9.
a. a usu. fortified place from which military operations proceed.
b. a supply installation for a large military force.
10.
a. the lower side or surface of a geometric figure; the side or surface to which an altitude can be drawn.
b. the number that serves as a starting point for a logarithmic or other numerical system.
c. the number of symbols used in a numerical system: The base in the decimal system is 10, in the binary system 2.
11. Also called baseline. See under triangulation (def. 1).
12. a thin, flexible layer of cellulose triacetate or similar material on photographic film that holds the light-sensitive emulsion and other coatings.
13.
a. a chemical compound that reacts with an acid to form a salt.
b. the hydroxide of a metal or of an electropositive element or group.
c. a group or molecule that accepts protons.
d. a molecule or ion containing an atom with a free pair of electrons that can be donated to an acid.
14. Genetics. any of the purine or pyrimidine compounds that constitute a portion of the nucleotide molecule of DNA or RNA: adenine, guanine, cytosine, thymine, or uracil. Compare base pair.
15. the part of a complex word, consisting of one or more morphemes, to which derivational or inflectional affixes may be added, as want in unwanted or biolog- in biological. Compare root 1 (def. 10) , stem1 (def. 10).
16. the component of a generative grammar containing the lexicon and phrase-structure rules that generate the deep structure of sentences.
17. Heraldry. the lower part of an escutcheon.
adj.
19. serving as or forming a base: the explorer's base camp.
v.t.
20. to make or form a base or foundation for.
21. to establish, as a fact or conclusion (usu. fol. by on or upon): to base an assumption on evidence.
22. to place or establish on a base or basis; ground; found (usu. fol. by on or upon): Our plan is based on an upturn in the economy.
23. to station, place, or situate (usu. fol. by at or on): The general is based at Fort Benning.
v.i.
24. to have a basis; be based.
25. to have or maintain a base.
Idioms:
1. off base,
a. (in baseball) not touching a base.
b. badly mistaken.
2. touch base, to get into contact.
[1275–1325; Middle English (n.) < Middle French < Latin basis basis; compare prisoner's base]
syn: base, basis, foundation refer to anything upon which a structure is built and upon which it rests. base usu. refers to a physical supporting structure: the base of a statue. basis more often refers to a figurative support: the basis of a report. foundation implies a solid, secure understructure.

base2

(beɪs)

adj. bas•er, bas•est.
1. morally low; contemptible: base motives.
2. of little or no value; worthless: base materials.
3. debased or counterfeit: base coinage.
4. of illegitimate birth.
5. not refined: base language.
6. held by or characteristic of villeinage.
7. Archaic.
a. of humble origin or station.
b. of small height.
c. low in place, position, or degree.
8. Obs. deep or grave in sound; bass.
[1350–1400; Middle English bas < Old French < Late Latin bassus low, short, perhaps of Oscan orig.]
base′ly, adv.
base′ness, n.
syn: See mean2.

base

(bās)
1. Chemistry Any of a class of compounds that contain hydroxyl ions (OH) and are capable of neutralizing acids in solution. They react with acids and certain metals to form water and salts. Bases turn red litmus paper blue, have a bitter taste, and have a pH of greater than 7. Compare acid.
2. Mathematics
a. The side or face of a geometric figure to which an altitude is or is thought to be drawn. The base can be, but is not always, the bottom part of the figure.
b. The number that is raised to various powers to generate the principal counting units of a number system. The base of the decimal system, for example, is 10.
c. The number that is raised to a particular power in a given mathematical expression. In the expression an, a is the base.
3. Biology One of the purines (adenine or guanine) or pyrimidines (cytosine, thymine, or uracil) found in DNA or RNA.

base

1. A locality from which operations are projected or supported.
2. An area or locality containing installations which provide logistic or other support. See also establishment.
3. (DOD only) Home airfield or home carrier. See also base of operations; facility.

bass

base

These words are both usually pronounced /beɪs/.

1. 'bass'

A bass is a male singer who can sing very low notes.

...the great Russian bass Chaliapin.

A bass saxophone, guitar, or other musical instrument is one that has a lower range of notes than other instruments of its kind.

The girl vocalist had been joined by the lead and bass guitars.

A bass is also an edible fish that is found in rivers and the sea. There are several types of bass.

They unloaded their catch of cod and bass.

Be Careful!
Note that this sense of the word bass is pronounced /bæs/.

2. 'base'

The base of something is its lowest edge or part.

...the switch on the lamp base.
I had back pain starting at the base of my spine and shooting up it.

base


Past participle: based
Gerund: basing

Imperative
base
base
Present
I base
you base
he/she/it bases
we base
you base
they base
Preterite
I based
you based
he/she/it based
we based
you based
they based
Present Continuous
I am basing
you are basing
he/she/it is basing
we are basing
you are basing
they are basing
Present Perfect
I have based
you have based
he/she/it has based
we have based
you have based
they have based
Past Continuous
I was basing
you were basing
he/she/it was basing
we were basing
you were basing
they were basing
Past Perfect
I had based
you had based
he/she/it had based
we had based
you had based
they had based
Future
I will base
you will base
he/she/it will base
we will base
you will base
they will base
Future Perfect
I will have based
you will have based
he/she/it will have based
we will have based
you will have based
they will have based
Future Continuous
I will be basing
you will be basing
he/she/it will be basing
we will be basing
you will be basing
they will be basing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been basing
you have been basing
he/she/it has been basing
we have been basing
you have been basing
they have been basing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been basing
you will have been basing
he/she/it will have been basing
we will have been basing
you will have been basing
they will have been basing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been basing
you had been basing
he/she/it had been basing
we had been basing
you had been basing
they had been basing
Conditional
I would base
you would base
he/she/it would base
we would base
you would base
they would base
Past Conditional
I would have based
you would have based
he/she/it would have based
we would have based
you would have based
they would have based

base

(Usually a metal oxide or hydroxide) A substance existing as molecules or ions which can take up hydrogen ions. When a base reacts with an acid it forms a salt and water only.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.base - installation from which a military force initiates operationsbase - installation from which a military force initiates operations; "the attack wiped out our forward bases"
air base, air station - a base for military aircraft
army base - a large base of operations for an army
firebase - an artillery base to support advancing troops
military installation - any facility servicing military forces
navy base - base of operations for a naval fleet
rocket base - a military base for rocket missiles
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
2.base - lowest support of a structurebase - lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower"
bed - a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track; "the track bed had washed away"
raft foundation - a foundation (usually on soft ground) consisting of an extended layer of reinforced concrete
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
support - supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; "the statue stood on a marble support"
3.base - a place that the runner must touch before scoringbase - a place that the runner must touch before scoring; "he scrambled to get back to the bag"
baseball diamond, infield, diamond - the area of a baseball field that is enclosed by 3 bases and home plate
baseball equipment - equipment used in playing baseball
first base - the base that must be touched first by a base runner in baseball
home base, home plate, plate, home - (baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score; "he ruled that the runner failed to touch home"
second base - the base that must be touched second by a base runner in baseball
third base, third - the base that must be touched third by a base runner in baseball; "he was cut down on a close play at third"
4.base - the bottom or lowest part; "the base of the mountain"
part, piece - a portion of a natural object; "they analyzed the river into three parts"; "he needed a piece of granite"
5.base - (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachmentbase - (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment; "the base of the skull"
anatomy, general anatomy - the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals
bottom - the lowest part of anything; "they started at the bottom of the hill"
6.base - a lower limit; "the government established a wage floor"
control - the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.; "they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls"
price floor - floor below which prices are not allowed to fall; "the government used price supports to maintain the price floor"
wage floor - floor below which wages are not allowed to fall
7.base - the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
explanation - thought that makes something comprehensible
meat and potatoes - the fundamental part; "successful negotiation is the meat and potatoes of arbitration"
supposal, supposition, assumption - a hypothesis that is taken for granted; "any society is built upon certain assumptions"
8.base - a support or foundationbase - a support or foundation; "the base of the lamp"
brass monkey - a metal stand that formerly held cannon balls on sailing ships
staddle - a base or platform on which hay or corn is stacked
support - any device that bears the weight of another thing; "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"
trivet - a stand with short feet used under a hot dish on a table
trivet - a three-legged metal stand for supporting a cooking vessel in a hearth
9.base - a phosphoric ester of a nucleosidebase - a phosphoric ester of a nucleoside; the basic structural unit of nucleic acids (DNA or RNA)
base pair - one of the pairs of chemical bases joined by hydrogen bonds that connect the complementary strands of a DNA molecule or of an RNA molecule that has two strands; the base pairs are adenine with thymine and guanine with cytosine in DNA and adenine with uracil and guanine with cytosine in RNA
adenosine monophosphate, adenylic acid, AMP - a nucleotide found in muscle cells and important in metabolism; reversibly convertible to ADP and ATP
adenosine diphosphate, ADP - an ester of adenosine that is converted to ATP for energy storage
adenosine triphosphate, ATP - a nucleotide derived from adenosine that occurs in muscle tissue; the major source of energy for cellular reactions
deoxyadenosine monophosphate, A - one of the four nucleotides used in building DNA; all four nucleotides have a common phosphate group and a sugar (ribose)
deoxycytidine monophosphate, C - one of the four nucleotides used in building DNA; all four nucleotides have a common phosphate group and a sugar (ribose)
deoxyguanosine monophosphate, G - one of the four nucleotides used in building DNA; all four nucleotides have a common phosphate group and a sugar (ribose)
deoxythymidine monophosphate, T - one of the four nucleotides used in building DNA; all four nucleotides have a common phosphate group and a sugar (ribose)
ester - formed by reaction between an acid and an alcohol with elimination of water
muton - the smallest unit of DNA where a mutation can occur
U, uracil - a base containing nitrogen that is found in RNA (but not in DNA) and derived from pyrimidine; pairs with adenine
10.base - any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water; "bases include oxides and hydroxides of metals and ammonia"
pyridine - a toxic colorless flammable liquid organic base with a disagreeable odor; usually derived from coal
purine - a colorless crystalline organic base containing nitrogen; the parent compound of various biologically important substances
purine - any of several bases that are derivatives of purine
chemical compound, compound - (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight
glyoxaline, imidazole, iminazole - an organic base C3H4N2; a histamine inhibitor
cyanuramide, melamine - a white crystalline organic base; used mainly in making melamine resins
pyrimidine - any of several basic compounds derived from pyrimidine
11.base - the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructedbase - the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed; "the base of the triangle"
flank - a subfigure consisting of a side of something
12.base - the most important or necessary part of somethingbase - the most important or necessary part of something; "the basis of this drink is orange juice"
component part, part, portion, component, constituent - something determined in relation to something that includes it; "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself"; "I read a portion of the manuscript"; "the smaller component is hard to reach"; "the animal constituent of plankton"
13.base - (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place; "10 is the radix of the decimal system"
number representation system, number system, numeration system, system of numeration - any notation for the representation of numbers
number - a concept of quantity involving zero and units; "every number has a unique position in the sequence"
14.base - the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end
location - a point or extent in space
15.Base - a terrorist network intensely opposed to the United States that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist groups; has cells in more than 50 countries
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Afghanistan, Islamic State of Afghanistan - a mountainous landlocked country in central Asia; bordered by Iran to the west and Russia to the north and Pakistan to the east and south; "Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan in 1979"
Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Pakistan, West Pakistan - a Muslim republic that occupies the heartland of ancient south Asian civilization in the Indus River valley; formerly part of India; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
16.base - (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem"
linguistics - the scientific study of language
descriptor, form, signifier, word form - the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something; "the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached"
17.base - the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area; "the industrial base of Japan"
communication equipment, communication system - facility consisting of the physical plants and equipment for disseminating information
fire station, firehouse - a station housing fire apparatus and firemen
gas system - facility (plant and equipment) for providing natural-gas service
main - a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage
penal facility, penal institution - an institution where persons are confined for punishment and to protect the public
power grid, power system, grid - a system of high tension cables by which electrical power is distributed throughout a region
public works - structures (such as highways or schools or bridges or docks) constructed at government expense for public use
school system - establishment including the plant and equipment for providing education from kindergarten through high school
sewage system, sewage works, sewer system - facility consisting of a system of sewers for carrying off liquid and solid sewage
transportation, transportation system, transit - a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods
water supply, water system, water - a facility that provides a source of water; "the town debated the purification of the water supply"; "first you have to cut off the water"
fund, store, stock - a supply of something available for future use; "he brought back a large store of Cuban cigars"
18.base - 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"
ingredient - a component of a mixture or compound
19.base - a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit; "a tub should sit on its own base"
box - a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid; "he rummaged through a box of spare parts"
lamp - a piece of furniture holding one or more electric light bulbs
vessel - an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
bottom, underside, undersurface - the lower side of anything
20.base - (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector
electrode - a conductor used to make electrical contact with some part of a circuit
electronic transistor, junction transistor, transistor - a semiconductor device capable of amplification
electronics - the branch of physics that deals with the emission and effects of electrons and with the use of electronic devices
Verb1.base - use as a basis for; found on; "base a claim on some observation"
build - found or ground; "build a defense on nothing but the accused person's reputation"
2.base - situate as a center of operations; "we will base this project in the new lab"
situate, locate - determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey; "Our sense of sight enables us to locate objects in space"; "Locate the boundaries of the property"
3.base - use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumesbase - use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
do drugs, drug - use recreational drugs
Adj.1.base - serving as or forming a basebase - serving as or forming a base; "the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats"
basic - pertaining to or constituting a base or basis; "a basic fact"; "the basic ingredients"; "basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities"
2.base - of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)base - of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense); "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly) birth"
lowborn - of humble birth or origins; "a topsy-turvy society of lowborn rich and blue-blooded poor"
3.base - (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metalbase - (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal; "base coins of aluminum"; "a base metal"
inferior - of low or inferior quality
4.base - not adhering to ethical or moral principlesbase - not adhering to ethical or moral principles; "base and unpatriotic motives"; "a base, degrading way of life"; "cheating is dishonorable"; "they considered colonialism immoral"; "unethical practices in handling public funds"
wrong - contrary to conscience or morality or law; "it is wrong for the rich to take advantage of the poor"; "cheating is wrong"; "it is wrong to lie"
5.base - having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or moralitybase - having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; "that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage"; "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics"
ignoble - completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose; "something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude"; "I think it a less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part"- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
6.base - illegitimate
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
illegitimate - of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful
7.base - debased; not genuine; "an attempt to eliminate the base coinage"
counterfeit, imitative - not genuine; imitating something superior; "counterfeit emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of art"; "a counterfeit prince"

base

1
noun
1. bottom, floor, lowest part, deepest part Line the base and sides of a 20cm deep round cake tin with paper.
bottom top, crown, summit, peak, crest, apex, vertex
2. underside, sole, underneath, lower side Plunge the base of the pan into a bowl of very cold water.
3. support, stand, foot, rest, bed, bottom, foundation, pedestal, groundwork The mattress is best on a solid bed base.
4. foundation, institution, organization, establishment, bedrock The family base was crucial to my development.
5. centre, post, station, camp, settlement, headquarters, barracks, starting point, encampment Gunfire was heard at an army base close to the airport.
6. home, house, territory, pad (slang), residence, home ground, abode, stamping ground, dwelling place For most of the spring and early summer her base was in Scotland.
7. essence, source, basis, concentrate, root, core, extract Oils may be mixed with a base and massaged into the skin.
verb
1. ground, found, build, rest, establish, depend, root, construct, derive, hinge He based his conclusions on the evidence given by the prisoners.
2. place, set, post, station, establish, fix, locate, install, garrison We will base ourselves in the town.

base

2

base 1

noun
1. The lowest or supporting part or structure:
2. That on which something immaterial, such as an argument or a charge, rests:
basis, footing, foundation, fundament, ground (often used in plural), groundwork, underpinning (often used in plural).
3. A fundamental principle or underlying concept:
4. A center of organization, supply, or activity:
Military: installation.
5. The main part of a word to which affixes are attached:
verb
To provide a basis for:

base 2

adjective
1. Having or proceeding from low moral standards:
2. Of decidedly inferior quality:
Informal: cheesy.
Slang: crummy, schlocky.
3. Archaic. Lacking high station or birth:
Translations
أساس، قاعِدَهدَنيئ، حَقيرقَاعِدَةقهعِدَه، مَرْكِزمنخفض
základnazákladzakládat sezásadadno
basebaserebasisfodfundament
alguspunktalusastebaaskodu
perustaperustaapesäsäädytöntukikohta
baza
alap
auvirîilegurbækistöî; höfuîstöîvargrundvalla, byggja ágrunnur, grunnefni, undirstöîuefniundirstaîa; stallur; neîsti hluti
土台
토대
atbalsta punktsbalstītbāzefundamentsizmantot par atbalsta punktu
basebasar
mať základňuzakladať sizákladňa
bazaosnovnicapodstavektemelj
basbörjangrund
พื้นฐาน ฐานทัพ
đế

base

1 [beɪs]
A. N
1. (= bottom, support) [of wall] → base f; [of column] → base f, pie m; [of vase, lamp] → pie m
2. (= basis, starting point) → base f
3. (Mil) → base f; [of organization, company] → sede f; (= residence) → lugar m de residencia; (= workplace) → base f
4. (Baseball) → base f
to get to or reach first base (esp US) (Baseball) → llegar a la primera base (fig) → alcanzar la primera meta
to touch base with sb (esp US) → ponerse en contacto con algn
to touch or cover all (the) bases (esp US) → abarcarlo todo
to be off base (US) he's way off baseestá totalmente equivocado
5. (Math) → base f
6. (Drugs) → cocaína f (para fumar)
B. VT
1. (= post, locate) to base sb at [+ troops] → estacionar a algn en
we were based on Maltanos estacionaron en Malta
the job is based in Londonel trabajo tiene su base en Londres
where are you based now?¿dónde estás ahora?
2. (= found) [+ opinion, relationship] to base sth onbasar or fundar algo en
to be based onbasarse or fundarse en
a story based on factuna historia basada en la realidad
I base myself on the following factsme apoyo en los hechos siguientes
C. CPD base camp Ncampo m base
base coat N [of paint] → primera capa f
base form N (Ling) → base f derivativa
base jumping N salto en paracaídas realizado ilegalmente desde rascacielos, puentes, etc.
base lending rate Ntipo m de interés base
base period Nperíodo m base
base rate Ntipo m de interés base

base

2 [beɪs] (baser (compar) (basest (superl))) ADJ
1. [action, motive] → vil, bajo
2. [metal] → bajo de ley
3. (US) = bass 1

base

[ˈbeɪs]
n
(= lowest part) [cliff, post, tree] → pied m
(= bottom) [object, pan] → fond m
(= foundation) → base f
(political)base f
(also army base) → base f army base, military base
(= headquarters) → siège m
(= home) → base f
Her base was her home in Scotland → Elle se servait de sa maison en Écosse comme base.
Monaco is my base
BUT Je suis basé à Monaco.
to be off base (mainly US) (= wrong) [person] → se planter ; [suggestion] → être faux(fausse)
to touch base (= get in touch) → reprendre contact
to touch base with sb (= get in touch) → reprendre contact avec qn
to touch all the bases, to cover the bases (= deal with everything) → tout envisager
vt
(= station) [+ troops] → stationner
to be based at → être stationné(e) à
to be based in [+ town, country]
I'm based in London → Je suis basé à Londres.
They're based in France → Ils sont basés en France.
[+ opinion, belief] to base sth on sth, to base sth upon sth → baser qch sur qch, fonder qch sur qch
to be based on sth (= derived from) [film, book] → être tiré(e) de qch; [food, drink, drug] → être à base de qch
adj (= unworthy) → vil(e), bas(se)

base

:
base form
n (Ling) → Stammform f
base hit
n (Baseball) Treffer, durch den der Schlagmann sicher das Mal erreichen kann
base jumping
nBasejumping nt

base

:
base price
nGrundpreis m
base rate
nLeitzins m
base unit
n (Phys) → Grundeinheit f
base wallah
n (Mil sl) → Etappenhengst m (Mil sl)

base

1
n
(= lowest part)Basis f; (= that on which sth stands also)Unterlage f; (Archit, of column also) → Fuß m; (= support for statue etc)Sockel m; (of lamp, tree, mountain)Fuß m; (= undercoat also)Grundierung f; at the base (of)unten (→ an +dat)
(= main ingredient)Basis f, → Haupt- or Grundbestandteil m
(of theory)Basis f; (= starting point also)Ausgangspunkt m; (= foundation also)Grundlage f
(Mil etc, fig, for holidays, climbing etc) → Standort m, → Stützpunkt m; to return to basezur Basis or zum Stützpunkt zurückkehren; base of operationsOperationsbasis f
(Baseball) → Mal nt, → Base nt; at or on second baseauf Mal or Base 2, auf dem zweiten Mal or Base; to get to first base (fig)die ersten Erfolge erzielen; to touch base (US inf) → sich melden (with bei); to touch or cover all the bases (US fig) → an alles denken
(Gram) → Wortstamm m, → Wortwurzel f
(Math) → Basis f, → Grundzahl f
(Chem) → Lauge f, → Base f
(Geometry) → Basis f; (of plane figure also)Grundlinie f; (of solid also)Grundfläche f
vt
(lit)stellen; to be based onruhen auf (+dat); (statue)stehen auf (+dat); the supports are firmly based in concretedie Stützen sind fest in Beton eingelassen; you need something to base it onSie brauchen dafür eine feste or stabile Unterlage
(fig) opinion, theorygründen, basieren (→ on auf +acc); hopes, theory alsosetzen (→ on auf +acc); relationship alsobauen (→ on auf +acc); to be based on somebody/somethingauf jdm/etw basieren; (hopes, theory also)sich auf jdn/etw stützen; to base one’s technique on somebody/somethingin seiner Technik von jdm/etw ausgehen; he tried to base his life on this theoryer versuchte, nach dieser Theorie zu leben
(Mil) → stationieren; the company is based in Londondie Firma hat ihren Sitz in London; my job is based in Glasgowich arbeite in Glasgow; I am based in Glasgow but cover all of Scotlandmein Büro ist in Glasgow, aber ich bereise ganz Schottland; basing country (Mil) → Stationierungsland nt

base

2
adj (+er)
motive, characterniedrig; person, thoughts, action, lie, slandergemein, niederträchtig
(= inferior) task, levelniedrig; coinfalsch, unecht; metalunedel
(obs) birth (= low)niedrig (old); (= illegitimate)unehelich

base

1 [beɪs]
1. n (gen) (Mil) → base f
2. vt (troops) to base atmettere di stanza a; (opinion, relationship) to base onbasare su, fondare su
I'm based in London → sono di base or ho base a Londra
the job is based in London → la sede di lavoro è a Londra
a Paris-based firm → una ditta con sede centrale a Parigi
coffee-based → a base di caffè

base

2 [beɪs] adj (liter) (action, motive) → basso/a; (behaviour) → ignobile

base1

(beis) noun
1. the foundation, support, or lowest part (of something), or the surface on which something is standing. the base of the statue; the base of the triangle; the base of the tree.
2. the main ingredient of a mixture. This paint has oil as a base.
3. a headquarters, starting-point etc. an army base.
verb
(often with on) to use as a foundation, starting-point etc. I base my opinion on evidence; Our group was based in Paris.
ˈbaseless adjective
without foundation or reason. a baseless claim.

base2

(beis) adjective
wicked or worthless. base desires.
ˈbasely adverb
ˈbaseness noun

base

قَاعِدَة dno base Basis βάση base perusta base baza base 土台 토대 basis basis podstawa base основа bas พื้นฐาน ฐานทัพ kaide đế 基础

base

n (chem, pharm, etc.) base f; (of an ulcer) base, fondo (de una úlcera); data — base de datos; evidence-based basado en la evidencia; oil-based, water-based, etc. a base de aceite, a base de agua, etc.
References in classic literature ?
My faithful friend and noble patron," continued Laurie with a wave of the hand, "who has so flatteringly presented me, is not to be blamed for the base stratagem of tonight.
Upon the baseball field Joe Welling stood by first base, his whole body quivering with excitement.
As for inside baseball, or outside, for that matter, I hardly believe I'd be able to tell third base from the second base, it's so long since I went to a game," proceeded Tom.
If anything could add to my own base love of life," said Heyward, suffering his unconscious eyes to wander to the youthful form of the silent Alice, "it would be so kind an assurance.
The foundation of their airy castles lay already before them in the strip of rich alluvium on the river bank, where the North Fork, sharply curving round the base of Devil's Spur, had for centuries swept the detritus of gulch and canyon.
The many lattices, with their small, diamond-shaped panes, admitted the sunlight into hall and chamber, while, nevertheless, the second story, projecting far over the base, and itself retiring beneath the third, threw a shadowy and thoughtful gloom into the lower rooms.
In my native town of Salem, at the head of what, half a century ago, in the days of old King Derby, was a bustling wharf -- but which is now burdened with decayed wooden warehouses, and exhibits few or no symptoms of commercial life; except, perhaps, a bark or brig, half-way down its melancholy length, discharging hides; or, nearer at hand, a Nova Scotia schooner, pitching out her cargo of firewood -- at the head, I say, of this dilapidated wharf, which the tide often overflows, and along which, at the base and in the rear of the row of buildings, the track of many languid years is seen in a border of unthrifty grass -- here, with a view from its front windows adown this not very enlivening prospect, and thence across the harbour, stands a spacious edifice of brick.
You reminded him that Quint was only a base menial?
Delight is to him whose strong arms yet support him, when the ship of this base treacherous world has gone down beneath him.
His cranial cavity is continuous with the first neck-vertebra; and in that vertebra the bottom of the spinal canal will measure ten inches across, being eight in height, and of a triangular figure with the base downwards.
Of the butchers and floorsmen, the beef-boners and trimmers, and all those who used knives, you could scarcely find a person who had the use of his thumb; time and time again the base of it had been slashed, till it was a mere lump of flesh against which the man pressed the knife to hold it.
Yes, and handsome, after a rude fashion, and clothed with ivy from base to summit, as with a shirt of scale mail.