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Base or BASE may refer to:

  • Base meaning bottom, the lowest part of an object
  • Base can mean negative, unfavourable or undesirable in nature. Bad; vile; malicious; evil.

In mathematics:

In the sciences:

  • Base (chemistry), a substance that can accept hydrogen ions (protons)
  • Base pair, a pair of connected nucleotides on complementary DNA and RNA strands
  • Nucleobase, in genetics, the parts of DNA and RNA involved in forming base pairs

In other fields:

Base may also refer to:

References



Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also Base

Contents

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old French base, from Latin basis, from Ancient Greek βάσις (basis).

Noun

Singular
base

Plural
bases

base (plural bases)

  1. Something from which other things extend; a foundation.
    1. A supporting, lower or bottom component of a structure or object.
  2. The starting point of a logical deduction or thought; (Basis).
  3. A permanent structure for housing military personnel and material.
  4. The place where decisions for an organization are made; headquarters.
  5. (chemistry) Any of a class of generally water-soluble compounds, having bitter taste, that turn red litmus blue, and react with acids to form salts.
  6. Important areas in games and sports
    A safe zone in the children's games of tag and hide-and-go-seek
  7. (architecture) The lowermost part of a column, between the shaft and the pedestal or pavement.
  8. (baseball) One of the three places that a runner can stand without being subject to being tagged out.
  9. (biology, biochemistry) A nucleotide's nucleobase in the context of a DNA or RNA biopolymer.
  10. (botany) The end of a leaf, petal or similar organ where it is attached to its support.
  11. (electronics) The name of the controlling terminal of a transistor.
  12. (geometry) The lowest side of a in a triangle or other polygon, or the lowest face of a cone, pyramid or other polyhedron laid flat.
  13. (mathematics) A number raised to the power of an exponent.
    The logarithm to base 2 of 8 is 3.
  14. (topology) The set of sets from which a topology is generated.
  15. (topology) A topological space, looked at in relation to one of its covering spaces, fibrations, or bundles.
  16. (cheerleading) A cheerleader who stays on the ground.
Synonyms
  • (chemical compound that will neutralize an acid): alkali
Antonyms
  • (chemical compound that will neutralize an acid): acid
  • (end of a leaf): apex
Derived terms
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Verb

Infinitive
to base

Third person singular
bases

Simple past
based

Past participle
based

Present participle
basing

to base (third-person singular simple present bases, present participle basing, simple past and past participle based)

  1. (transitive) To have as its foundation or starting point.
  2. (transitive) To be located (at a particular place).
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 2

From Old French bas from Late Latin bassus (low).

Adjective

base (comparative baser or more base, superlative basest or most base)

Positive
base

Comparative
baser or more base

Superlative
basest or most base

  1. low
  2. inferior
  3. of low standing or rank
  4. immoral, cowardly
  5. common
  6. nonprecious used to describe metals which are not precious; base metal
Usage notes
  • Said of fellows, motives, occupations, etc.
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Antonyms
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See also

External links

  • base in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • base in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Anagrams


Catalan

Noun

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  1. base
  2. basis
  3. grounding
  4. foundation

Related terms


Dutch

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Pronunciation

Noun

base f. (plural basen, no diminutive)

  1. base (chemistry: class of compounds), alkali

Synonyms

  • loog

Antonyms

Derived terms

  • basisch
  • basenpaar
  • basenvolgorde
  • Lewisbase

References

  • base” in Woordenlijst Nederlandse Taal – Officiële Spelling, Nederlandse Taalunie. [the official spelling word list for the Dutch language]

French

Pronunciation

Noun

base f. (plural bases)

  1. base (bottom part of something)
  2. base (safe place)
  3. base, basis (fundamental belief)

Derived terms


Italian

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Etymology

Latin basis.

Noun

base f. (plural basi)

  1. base
  2. basis

Antonyms

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Spanish

Noun

base f. (plural bases)

Singular
base f.

Plural
bases f.

  1. base
  2. basis
  3. grounding
  4. foundation

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Simple English

Simple English Wiktionary has the word meaning for:

Base can mean:

  • as a noun:
    • In mathematics:
    • In sport:
    • In architecture:
      • The bottom of a building or other structure
      • A part of some types of column, below the shaft
      • A pedestal, supporting a statue or other item
    • A defined area that contains shelter, equipment, and resources:
      • a place which helps people live in a hostile environment, such as a Moon base or a base in Antarctica
      • a Military base, which provides shelter, military equipment and personnel
    • Other uses:
      • In a transistor, the base is the controlling connection to the junction.
      • Islamic Extremist group Al-Qaeda is literally translated into English as 'The Base.'
      • Base (chemistry), the "opposite" of acid, sometimes known as an alkali
  • as a verb
    • Made from the ideas of... Developed from... First known as...
    • In sport:
      • BASE jumping - jumping with a parachute from a fixed place like the top of a building or a bridge

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