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Definitions of basement
The base or lowest story of a building. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
The story of a house on, or partly below, the ground. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
The ground floor of a building. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
The ground floor; the part below the level of the street; the part on which the base is placed. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
The outer wall of the ground story of a building, or of a part of that story, when treated as a distinct substructure. ( See Base, n., 3 (a).) Hence: The rooms of a ground floor, collectively. Webster Dictionary DB
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