Date: | 1300-1400 |

Language: | Old French |

Origin: | Latin basis; BASIS |

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base2 S2 W2

1## lowest part

[countable usually singular]

a) the lowest part or surface of something [= bottom]

a frozen dessert with a biscuit base

a wine glass with a heavy base

The leather of his left trainer was coming away from its rubber base.

b) the lowest point on a plant or part of your body, where it joins another part [= bottom]** base of**

a hole in the base of the tree

He was killed by an axe blow to the base of his skull.

2## knowledge/ideas

[countable] the most important part of something, from which new ideas develop [= foundation]:

India has a good scientific research base.

3## military

[countable]PM a place where people in a military organization live and work

4## company/organization

[uncountable and countable] the main place from which a person, company, or organization controls their activities ** base for**

He used the house as a base for his printing business.

5## people/groups

[countable usually singular] the people, money, groups etc that form the main part of something : ➔ power base

The country's manufacturing base (=all the factories, companies etc that produce goods in a country) has shrunk by 20%.

6## substance/mixture

[singular, uncountable] the main part of a substance, meal etc to which other things are added : ** base for**

paint with an oil base

Vodka is the base for many cocktails.

7## sport

[countable]DSB one of the four places that a player must touch in order to get a point in games such as baseball

8## be off base

American English informal to be completely wrong :

His estimate for painting the kitchen seems way off base.

9## chemical

[countable]HCC technical a chemical substance that combines with an acid to form a salt

10## numbers

[countable usually singular]HM technical the number in relation to which a number system or mathematical table is built up, for example 10 in the decimal system

Definition of base from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English within

the topic MATHS

the topic MATHS

angle
arc
area
axis
base
C
calculator
constant
contain
cos
curve
cut
diameter
dimension
domain
equal(a)
equal(v)
express
expression
face
figure
formula
function
graph
grid
log
math
mathematics
matrix
mean
minute
multiply
N
number
parallel
percentage
pi
plane
plus(n)
plus(a)
plus sign
power
proof
ratio
root
scale
section
segment
solid(a)
solid(n)
solution
solve
square(a)
square(n)
square(v)
square(a)
sum
term
value
variable
vector
vertical
volume
work
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