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Meaning of base

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

      adj 1: serving as or forming a base; "the painter applied a base
             coat followed by two finishing coats" [syn: {basal},
      2: of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense);
         "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly)
         birth" [syn: {base}, {baseborn}, {humble}, {lowly}]
      3: (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior
         metal; "base coins of aluminum"; "a base metal"
      4: 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"
         [syn: {base}, {immoral}]
      5: 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" [syn:
         {base}, {mean}, {meanspirited}]
      6: illegitimate [syn: {base}, {baseborn}]
      7: debased; not genuine; "an attempt to eliminate the base
      n 1: installation from which a military force initiates
           operations; "the attack wiped out our forward bases" [syn:
           {base}, {base of operations}]
      2: lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of
         solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower" [syn:
         {foundation}, {base}, {fundament}, {foot}, {groundwork},
         {substructure}, {understructure}]
      3: a place that the runner must touch before scoring; "he
         scrambled to get back to the bag" [syn: {base}, {bag}]
      4: the bottom or lowest part; "the base of the mountain"
      5: (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of
         attachment; "the base of the skull"
      6: a lower limit; "the government established a wage floor"
         [syn: {floor}, {base}]
      7: the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or
         developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument
         rested on a basis of conjecture" [syn: {basis}, {base},
         {foundation}, {fundament}, {groundwork}, {cornerstone}]
      8: a support or foundation; "the base of the lamp" [syn: {base},
         {pedestal}, {stand}]
      9: a phosphoric ester of a nucleoside; the basic structural unit
         of nucleic acids (DNA or RNA) [syn: {nucleotide}, {base}]
      10: 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" [syn: {base}, {alkali}]
      11: the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the
          altitude can be constructed; "the base of the triangle"
      12: the most important or necessary part of something; "the
          basis of this drink is orange juice" [syn: {basis}, {base}]
      13: (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent
          to one in the next higher counting place; "10 is the radix
          of the decimal system" [syn: {base}, {radix}]
      14: the place where you are stationed and from which missions
          start and end [syn: {base}, {home}]
      15: 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 [syn: {al-Qaeda}, {Qaeda},
          {al-Qa'ida}, {al-Qaida}, {Base}]
      16: (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are
          removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem" [syn:
          {root}, {root word}, {base}, {stem}, {theme}, {radical}]
      17: the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed
          for the functioning of a country or area; "the industrial
          base of Japan" [syn: {infrastructure}, {base}]
      18: 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"
      19: a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit; "a tub
          should sit on its own base"
      20: (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the
          emitter from the collector
      v 1: use as a basis for; found on; "base a claim on some
           observation" [syn: {establish}, {base}, {ground}, {found}]
      2: situate as a center of operations; "we will base this project
         in the new lab"
      3: use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
         [syn: {free-base}, {base}]

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