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  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. place that runner must touch before scoring; "he scrambled to get back to the bag" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. serving as or forming a base; "the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a support or foundation; "the base of the lamp" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. installation from which a military force initiates operations; "the attack wiped out our forward bases" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit; "a tub should sit on its own base" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area; "the industrial base of Japan" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. the fundamental assumptions underlying an explanation; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. a lower limit; "the government established a wage floor" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment; "the base of the skull" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense); "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly) birth" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. not adhering to ethical or moral principles; "base and unpatriotic motives"; "a base, degrading way of life"; "cheating is dishonorable"; "they considered colonialism immoral"; "unethical practices in handling public funds" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. use as a basis for; found on; "base a claim on some observation" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; "that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage"; "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. assign to a station Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. an intensely anti-western terrorist network that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist group; has cells in more than 50 countries Wordnet Dictionary DB
  24. the bottom or lowest part; "the base of the mountain" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  25. (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place; "10 is the radix of the decimal system" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. the most important or necessary part of something; "the basis of this drink is orange juice" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  27. the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed; "the base of the triangle" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  28. debased; not genuine; "an attempt to eliminate the base coinage" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  29. illegitimate Wordnet Dictionary DB
  30. (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal; "base coins of aluminum"; "a base metal" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  31. Of little, or less than the usual, height; of low growth; as, base shrubs. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. Low in place or position. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. Illegitimate by birth; bastard. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. Of little comparative value, as metal inferior to gold and silver, the precious metals. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. Alloyed with inferior metal; debased; as, base coin; base bullion. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. Morally low. Hence: Low-minded; unworthy; without dignity of sentiment; ignoble; mean; illiberal; menial; as, a base fellow; base motives; base occupations. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. Not classical or correct. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. Deep or grave in sound; as, the base tone of a violin. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. Not held by honorable service; as, a base estate, one held by services not honorable; held by villenage. Such a tenure is called base, or low, and the tenant, a base tenant. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. The bottom of anything, considered as its support, or that on which something rests for support; the foundation; as, the base of a statue. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. Fig.: The fundamental or essential part of a thing; the essential principle; a groundwork. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. The lower part of a wall, pier, or column, when treated as a separate feature, usually in projection, or especially ornamented. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. The lower part of a complete architectural design, as of a monument; also, the lower part of any elaborate piece of furniture or decoration. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. That extremity of a leaf, fruit, etc., at which it is attached to its support. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. The positive, or non-acid component of a salt; a substance which, combined with an acid, neutralizes the latter and forms a salt; -- applied also to the hydroxides of the positive elements or radicals, and to certain organic bodies resembling them in their property of forming salts with acids. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. The chief ingredient in a compound. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. A substance used as a mordant. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. The exterior side of the polygon, or that imaginary line which connects the salient angles of two adjacent bastions. Webster Dictionary DB
  49. The line or surface constituting that part of a figure on which it is supposed to stand. Webster Dictionary DB
  50. The number from which a mathematical table is constructed; as, the base of a system of logarithms. Webster Dictionary DB
  51. A low, or deep, sound. (Mus.) (a) The lowest part; the deepest male voice. (b) One who sings, or the instrument which plays, base. Webster Dictionary DB
  52. A place or tract of country, protected by fortifications, or by natural advantages, from which the operations of an army proceed, forward movements are made, supplies are furnished, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  53. The smallest kind of cannon. Webster Dictionary DB
  54. That part of an organ by which it is attached to another more central organ. Webster Dictionary DB
  55. The basal plane of a crystal. Webster Dictionary DB
  56. The ground mass of a rock, especially if not distinctly crystalline. Webster Dictionary DB
  57. The lower part of the field. See Escutcheon. Webster Dictionary DB
  58. The housing of a horse. Webster Dictionary DB
  59. A kind of skirt ( often of velvet or brocade, but sometimes of mailed armor) which hung from the middle to about the knees, or lower. Webster Dictionary DB
  60. The lower part of a robe or petticoat. Webster Dictionary DB
  61. An apron. Webster Dictionary DB
  62. The point or line from which a start is made; a starting place or a goal in various games. Webster Dictionary DB
  63. A line in a survey which, being accurately determined in length and position, serves as the origin from which to compute the distances and positions of any points or objects connected with it by a system of triangles. Webster Dictionary DB
  64. Any one of the four bounds which mark the circuit of the infield. Webster Dictionary DB
  65. To abase; to let, or cast, down; to lower. Webster Dictionary DB
  66. To reduce the value of; to debase. Webster Dictionary DB
  67. Basely. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  68. A rustic play; - called also prisoner's base, prison base, or bars. Webster Dictionary DB
  69. To put on a base or basis; to lay the foundation of; to found, as an argument or conclusion; - used with on or upon. Webster Dictionary DB
  70. The part of a thing on which it rests; a foundation or ground work; that which combines with an acid to form a salt; a fortified line from which the operations of an army proceed; a starting place; in some games, a station or goal. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  71. To lay a foundation for; establish. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  72. Worthless; inferior; spurious or false; of mean spirit; morally abject or low; deep or grave in sound; commonly, bass. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  73. 1. The lower part or bottom; the part opposite the apex. 2. In pharmacy, the chief ingredient of a compound. 3. In chemistry an electropositive element or radical which unites with an acid to form a salt; a compound of hydroxyl which neutralizes an acid, taking the place in it of the hydrogen component, thereby forming a salt. 4. The support for the teeth in an artificial denture. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  74. The lower extremity; a body capable of union with an acid. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  75. That on which a thing rests: foot: bottom: foundation: support: the chief ingredient. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  76. To found or place on a base:-pr.p. basing; pa.p. based. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  77. A skirt which hung down from the waist to the knees of a knight when on horseback. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  78. Low in place, value, estimation, or principle: mean: vile: worthless: (New Test.) humble, lowly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  79. BASENESS. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  80. Foundation; pedestal; support; chief ingredient. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  81. Low; mean; vile. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  82. To place upon a base or basis; establish. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  83. Low; ignoble; abject. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  84. Bass. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  85. The lowest part; foundation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  86. A compound capable of forming a salt with an acid. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  87. A basis of operations or of supplies. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  88. The form of a word used in making derivatives, as by adding suffixes. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  89. Mean; worthless; of low station; deep; grave. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  90. The bottom; the foundation; the foot; the support; the principal ingredient in a compound body; the low or grave parts in music. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  91. To found or establish on a base. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  92. Of humble birth; or low degree; lowly; mean. mso.anu.edu.au
  93. A rustic play; -- called also prisoner's base, prison base, or bars. mso.anu.edu.au
  94. To put on a base or basis; to lay the foundation of; to found, as an argument or conclusion; -- used with on or upon. mso.anu.edu.au
  95. 1. a compound that reacts with acid to neutralize it. The result is water and salt. 2. a single digit symbol in a number system. 3. a numer raised to a power. thelawdictionary.org
  96. Something low; inferior. This word is frequently used in composition; as base court, base estate, base fee, &c. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  97. The positive, or non-acid component of a salt; a substance which, combined with an acid, neutralizes the latter and forms a salt; applied also to the hydroxides of the positive elements or radicals, and to certain organic bodies resembling them in their property of forming salts with acids. dictgcide_fs
  98. A rustic play; called also prisoner's base, prison base, or bars. dictgcide_fs
  99. To put on a base or basis; to lay the foundation of; to found, as an argument or conclusion; used with on or upon. dictgcide_fs
  100. b[=a]s, n. that on which a thing rests: foot: bottom: foundation: support: the chief ingredient, as in dyeing and chemistry: the starting-point, in a race: the fixed goal across which the ball is struck in hockey, the fixed stations at base-ball: the point from which the operations of a campaign are conducted: a measured line serving as a basis for trigonometrical calculations: the surface on which a plane or solid figure stands: (chem.) a term applied to a compound body, generally consisting of a metal united with oxygen; (archit.) the foot or lower member of a pillar, on which the shaft rests: (her.) the lower portion of the shield--any figure placed on it is said to be 'in base:' a small portion of the base of a shield parted off by a horizontal line is sometimes called a base.--v.t. to found or place on a base:--pr.p. b[=a]s'ing; pa.p. based (b[=a]st).--adjs. BAS'AL, BAS'ILAR, pertaining to or situated at the base, esp. of the skull; BASE'LESS, without a base or foundation.--ns. BASE'LESSNESS; BASE'MENT, the base or lowest story of a building.--adj. BAS'EN-WIDE (Spens.), widely extended.--n. BASE'-PLATE, the foundation plate of a piece of heavy machinery.--n.pl. BAS'ES, a kind of embroidered mantle which hung down from the middle to about the knees or lower, worn by knights on horseback: (Spens.) armour for the legs.--ns. BASE'-STRING, the string of a musical instrument that gives the lowest note; BASE'-V[=I]OL (same as BASS-VIOL).--adj. BAS'IC (chem.), belonging to or of the nature of a base.--v.t. BAS'IFY (chem.), to convert into a salifiable base:--pr.p. b[=a]s'ifying; pa.p. b[=a]s'if[=i]ed. [Fr.--L.--Gr. basis--ba-, in bainein, to go.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  101. b[=a]s, adj. low in place, value, estimation, or principle: mean: vile: worthless: debased: counterfeit: (law) servile, as opposed to free: humble: (B. and Shak.) lowly.--adj. BASE'-BORN, illegitimate.--adv. BASE'LY.--adj. BASE'-MIND'ED, of a low mind or spirit: mean.--n. BASE'NESS.--adj. BASE'-SPIR'ITED, mean-spirited. [Fr. bas--Low L. bassus, thick, fat, a vulgar Roman word, found also in name Bassus.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  102. b[=a]s, v.t. a form of ABASE. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  103. b[=a]s, n. an old game played by two sides occupying contiguous spaces, called bases or homes, off which any player is liable to be touched with the hand or struck by a ball by the enemy, and so attached to their sides. Forms of this game are known as Prisoner's Base or Bars, and Rounders, and the national American game of Base-ball is a development from it. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  104. That which serves as a foundation or support. That which enters, as a principal matter, into a mixture or combination. In anatomy, it is employed in the former sense, as Base of the Cranium, Base of the Brain- Basis seu Pavimentum cerebri; Base of a process, Base of the heart-Basis vel corona cordis. In dentistry, it means a metallic, ivory, or hippopotamus plate, which is used as a support for artificial teeth. In the art of prescribing, Basis is the chief substance which enters into a compound formula. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  105. That on which anything stands or depends, support, bottom, foundation, principle, groundwork, starting-point (b.-ball, United States national game, more elaborate rounders, also ball used in it); (Arch.) part of column between shaft& pedestal or pavement; (Bot. & Zool.) end at which an organ is attached to trunk; (Geom.) line or surface on which plane or solid figure is held to stand; (Chem.) correlative of ACID, electro-positive compound body that combines with acid to form salt (including, but wider than, ALKALI); (Mil.) line or place used as stronghold or magazine (also b. of operations); (Surv.) known line used as geometrical b. for trigonometry; (Math.) starting-number for system of numeration or logarithms (as 10 in decimal counting). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  106. Found (something) on; establish (with adv., as firmly); b. oneself on, rely upon (in argument &c.). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  107. (Orig.) of small height (now only in plant names as b.-rocket). Morally low, cowardly, selfish, mean, despicable, whence basely adv.; menial; (Law) b. tenure, estate, fee, not absolute, but determinable on fulfilment of contingent qualification; (Lang.) not classical (b. Latinity); b.-born, of low birth, illegitimate; b.-court, outer court of castle or court behind farmhouse; b. metals, opposed to precious; b. coin, spurious, alloyed. Hence baseness n. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  108. The lower part of anything. American pocket medical dictionary.
  109. Main ingredient of a compound. American pocket medical dictionary.
  110. Non-acid part of a salt. American pocket medical dictionary.
  111. In general the underlying, fundamental, or lower part of a structure. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  112. In chemistry, any chemical element or substance which has the property of forming a salt with an acid. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  113. In dentistry, that portion of an artificial denture that covers the roof of the mouth or upper jaw to which the artificial teeth are attached. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  114. (Chem.) A body which unites with acids to form salts; as silver unites with nitric acid to form the salt called nitrate of silver. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  115. (Dyeing.) A substance used as a mordant. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  116. [Gr.] (Her.) See Escutcheon. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  117. n. [Greek] The bottom; the part of a thing on which it stands or rests;-the broad part of any thing;-the part of a column between the top of the pedestal and bottom of the shaft ;- the principal element of a compound;- substance used to fix colours in cloth. [French] The lowest part; the gravest male voice. A tract of country protected by fortifications, or by natural advantages, from which the operations of an army proceed ;-a line from which to compute the distances and positions of objects by a system of triangles. Cabinet Dictionary
  118. Mean, vile, worthless; disingenuous, illiberal, ungenerous; of low station, of mean account; base-born, born out of wedlock; applied to metals, without value; applied to sounds, deep, grave. Complete Dictionary
  119. The bottom of any thing; the pedestal of a statue; the bottom of a cone; stockings; the place from which racers run; the string that gives a base sound; an old rustick play. Complete Dictionary

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