English adjective: base
|1.||base serving as or forming a base|
|Samples||The painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats.|
|2.||base of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)|
|Samples||Baseborn wretches with dirty faces.|
Of humble (or lowly) birth.
|Synonyms||baseborn, humble, lowly|
|3.||base (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal|
|Samples||Base coins of aluminum.|
A base metal.
|4.||base not adhering to ethical or moral principles|
|Samples||Base and unpatriotic motives.|
A base, degrading way of life.
Cheating is dishonorable.
They considered colonialism immoral.
Unethical practices in handling public funds.
|5.||base having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality|
|Samples||That liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble.|
Taking a mean advantage.
Chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort.
Something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics.
|Domain usage||archaicism, archaism|
|7.||base debased; not genuine|
|Samples||An attempt to eliminate the base coinage.|
English noun: base
|1.||base (artifact) installation from which a military force initiates operations|
|Samples||The attack wiped out our forward bases.|
|Synonyms||base of operations|
|Broader (hypernym)||military installation|
|Narrower (hyponym)||air base, air station, army base, firebase, navy base, rocket base|
|Domain category||armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine|
|2.||base (artifact) lowest support of a structure|
|Samples||It was built on a base of solid rock.|
He stood at the foot of the tower.
|Synonyms||foot, foundation, fundament, groundwork, substructure, understructure|
|Narrower (hyponym)||bed, raft foundation|
|Part meronym||construction, structure|
|3.||base (artifact) a place that the runner must touch before scoring|
|Samples||He scrambled to get back to the bag.|
|Broader (hypernym)||baseball equipment|
|Narrower (hyponym)||first base, home, home base, home plate, plate, second base, third, third base|
|Part meronym||baseball diamond, diamond, infield|
|4.||base (object) the bottom or lowest part|
|Samples||The base of the mountain.|
|Broader (hypernym)||part, piece|
|5.||base (location) (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment|
|Samples||The base of the skull.|
|Domain category||anatomy, general anatomy|
|6.||base (communication) a lower limit|
|Samples||The government established a wage floor.|
|Narrower (hyponym)||price floor, wage floor|
|7.||base (cognition) the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained|
|Samples||The whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture.|
|Synonyms||basis, cornerstone, foundation, fundament, groundwork|
|Broader (hypernym)||assumption, supposal, supposition|
|Narrower (hyponym)||meat and potatoes|
|8.||base (artifact) a support or foundation|
|Samples||The base of the lamp.|
|Narrower (hyponym)||brass monkey, staddle, trivet, trivet|
|9.||base (substance) a phosphoric ester of a nucleoside; the basic structural unit of nucleic acids (DNA or RNA)|
|Narrower (hyponym)||A, adenosine diphosphate, adenosine monophosphate, adenosine triphosphate, adenylic acid, ADP, AMP, ATP, base pair, C, deoxyadenosine monophosphate, deoxycytidine monophosphate, deoxyguanosine monophosphate, deoxythymidine monophosphate, G, muton, T, U, uracil|
|10.||base (substance) any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water|
|Samples||Bases include oxides and hydroxides of metals and ammonia.|
|Broader (hypernym)||chemical compound, compound|
|Narrower (hyponym)||cyanuramide, glyoxaline, imidazole, iminazole, melamine, purine, purine, pyridine, pyrimidine|
|11.||base (shape) the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed|
|Samples||The base of the triangle.|
|12.||base the most important or necessary part of something|
|Samples||The basis of this drink is orange juice.|
|Broader (hypernym)||component, component part, constituent, part, portion|
|13.||base (quantity) (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place|
|Samples||10 is the radix of the decimal system.|
|Domain category||number representation system, number system, numeration system, system of numeration|
|14.||base (location) the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end|
|15.||Base (group) 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|
|Synonyms||al-Qa'ida, al-Qaeda, al-Qaida, Qaeda|
|Instance hypernym||foreign terrorist organization, FTO, terrorist group, terrorist organization|
|Domain category||act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act|
|Domain region||Afghanistan, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Islamic State of Afghanistan, Pakistan, West Pakistan|
|16.||base (communication) (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed|
|Samples||Thematic vowels are part of the stem.|
|Synonyms||radical, root, root word, stem, theme|
|Broader (hypernym)||descriptor, form, signifier, word form|
|17.||base (artifact) the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area|
|Samples||The industrial base of Japan.|
|Broader (hypernym)||fund, stock, store|
|Part holonym||communication equipment, communication system, fire station, firehouse, gas system, grid, main, penal facility, penal institution, power grid, power system, public works, school system, sewage system, sewage works, sewer system, transit, transportation, transportation system, water, water supply, water system|
|18.||base (artifact) the principal ingredient of a mixture|
|Samples||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.
|19.||base (artifact) a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit|
|Samples||A tub should sit on its own base.|
|Broader (hypernym)||bottom, underside, undersurface|
|Part meronym||box, lamp, vessel|
|20.||base (artifact) (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector|
|Part meronym||electronic transistor, junction transistor, transistor|
English verb: base
|1.||base (cognition) use as a basis for; found on|
|Samples||Base a claim on some observation.|
|Synonyms||establish, found, ground|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s something PP|
|2.||base (stative) situate as a center of operations|
|Samples||We will base this project in the new lab.|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s something.|
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something
|Broader (hypernym)||locate, situate|
|3.||base (consumption) use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s.|
Somebody ----s something
|Broader (hypernym)||do drugs, drug|