One entry found for
base.
Main Entry:
^{1}base
Pronunciation:
bs
Function:
noun
Inflected Form(s):
plural bas·es /
bsz/
1 a : a thing or part on which something rests
: BOTTOM, FOUNDATION <the
base of a lamp>
b : the part of a plant or animal structure by which it is attached to another more central structure <the
base of the thumb>
c : one of the lines or flat surfaces of a geometric figure from which an altitude is or can be constructed <
bases of a trapezoid>;
especially : one on which the figure stands <
base of a triangle>
2 : a main ingredient <paint having a water
base>
3 : a fundamental part
: BASIS4 a : the place from which a start is made
b : a line in a survey that is used to calculate distances or positions
c : a place where a military force keeps its supplies or from which it starts its operations <naval
base> <air
base>
d : a number equal to the number of units that would be equivalent to one in the next higher place in a given number system <in
base 10 it takes 10 ones in the units place to equal a one in the tens place>;
also : a system of writing numbers using a given base <convert
base 10 to
base 2>
e : ^{1}ROOT 5
5 a : the starting place or goal in various games
b : any of the four stations a runner in baseball must touch in order to score
6 : any of various compounds that react with an acid to form a salt, have a bitter taste, and turn red litmus paper blue
7 : a number that is multiplied by a rate or of which a percentage or fraction is calculated <to find the interest on $90 at 10% multiply the
base 90 by .10>

based adjective 
base·less /
bsls/
adjective
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