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  • n  installation from which a military force initiates operations
    the attack wiped out our forward bases
  • n  lowest support of a structure
    it was built on a base of solid rock
  • n  a place that the runner must touch before scoring
  • n  the bottom or lowest part
    the base of the mountain
  • n  (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment
    the base of the skull
  • n  a lower limit
  • n  the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
  • n  a support or foundation
    the base of the lamp
  • n  a phosphoric ester of a nucleoside; the basic structural unit of nucleic acids (DNA or RNA)
  • n  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
  • n  the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed
    the base of the triangle
  • n  the most important or necessary part of something
  • n  (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place
  • n  the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end
  • 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
  • n  (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed
  • n  the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area
    the industrial base of Japan
  • n  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
  • n  a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit
    a tub should sit on its own base
  • n  (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector
  • v  use as a basis for; found on
    base a claim on some observation
  • v  situate as a center of operations
    we will base this project in the new lab
  • v  use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
  • s  serving as or forming a base
    the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats
  • s  of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)
    baseborn wretches with dirty faces
  • s  (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal
    base coins of aluminum
    a base metal
  • s  not adhering to ethical or moral principles
    base and unpatriotic motives
    a base, degrading way of life
  • s  having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
    that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke
  • s  illegitimate
  • s  debased; not genuine
    an attempt to eliminate the base coinage

  • 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.
  • There's a separate base station, a little silver box where you plug in your equipment.
  • Rumsfeld proposes closing 33 of the Pentagon's 318 major military bases.
News & Articles


  • Barack Obama in Los Angeles Times
    These are men and women who have made the selfless decisionto protect the nation, Obama said of the victims. "It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil."
  • Stephen Harper in BusinessWeek
    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...
  • Marthinus van Schalkwyk in
    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...

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