base base  /ˈbeɪs/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) installation from which a military force initiates operations
  2. (n) lowest support of a structure
  3. (n) a place that the runner must touch before scoring
  4. (n) the bottom or lowest part
  5. (n) (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment
  6. (n) a lower limit
  7. (n) the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
  8. (n) a support or foundation
  9. (n) a phosphoric ester of a nucleoside; the basic structural unit of nucleic acids (DNA or RNA)
  10. (n) any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water
  11. (n) the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed
  12. (n) the most important or necessary part of something
  13. (n) (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place
  14. (n) the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end
  15. (n) 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
  16. (n) (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed
  17. (n) the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area
  18. (n) the principal ingredient of a mixture
  19. (n) a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit
  20. (n) (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector
  21. (v) use as a basis for; found on
  22. (v) situate as a center of operations
  23. (v) use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
  24. (adj) serving as or forming a base
  25. (adj) of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)
  26. (adj) (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal
  27. (adj) not adhering to ethical or moral principles
  28. (adj) having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
  29. (adj) illegitimate
  30. (adj) debased; not genuine

Usage(s):

  1. I'm struck by the stark difference in the ways Democratic and Republican candidates have reacted to two events this week that at least potentially play to each party's base voters.
  2. There's a separate base station, a little silver box where you plug in your equipment.
  3. Rumsfeld proposes closing 33 of the Pentagon's 318 major military bases.

News

  1. Abandoned base could have new purpose

    RANTOUL -- City leaders are finding something to do with the former Chanute Air Force Base. 
    on June 14, 2013     Source: WCIA 3 Champaign-Urbana

  2. Air Force base unit in Ohio to take meals to Haiti

    A unit from Ohio's largest military base plans to deliver more than 500 meals from a nonprofit group for residents of Haiti.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: WTRF Wheeling

  3. Oakland Army Base Billboards, Called Blight By Critics, Inch Closer To Reality (Analysis)

    The contentious plan to erect billboards on the soon-to-be redeveloped Oakland Army Base is heading into its final stages. The council next week is set to approve a swap of a portion of the property later to be site of one of the 70-foot lighted billboards vehemently opposed by activists and residents of West Oakland. [...]
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Oakland Local

Quotes

  1. "These are men and women who have made the selfless decision" to protect the nation, Obama said of the victims. "It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil."
    on Nov 6, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. "Mr. Johnston has a strong record of public service, a broad base of support and an impressive list of achievements," Harper said in a statement. "He has extensive legal expertise, a comprehensive understanding of government and a deep...
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Stephen Harper Source: BusinessWeek

  3. Marthinus van Schalkwyk, South African minister of environmental affairs and tourism, said "As it is expressed in the G8 statement, the long term goal is an empty slogan.To be meaningful and credible, a long term goal must have a base year, it must...
    on Jul 8, 2008 By: Marthinus van Schalkwyk Source: guardian.co.uk

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subordinate subordinate
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