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  • debased; not genuine
    • an attempt to eliminate the base coinage
  • illegitimate
  • 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
  • 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
  • (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal
    • base coins of aluminum
    • a base metal
  • of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)
    • baseborn wretches with dirty faces
    • of humble (or lowly) birth
  • serving as or forming a base
    • the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats
  • (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector
  • a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit
    • a tub should sit on its own base
  • 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
  • the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area
    • the industrial base of Japan
  • (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed
    • thematic vowels are part of the stem
  • 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
  • the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end
  • (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place
    • 10 is the radix of the decimal system
  • the most important or necessary part of something
    • the basis of this drink is orange juice
  • the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed
    • the base of the triangle
  • 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
  • a phosphoric ester of a nucleoside; the basic structural unit of nucleic acids (DNA or RNA)
  • a support or foundation
    • the base of the lamp
  • the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
    • the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture
  • a lower limit
    • the government established a wage floor
  • (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment
    • the base of the skull
  • the bottom or lowest part
    • the base of the mountain
  • a place that the runner must touch before scoring
    • he scrambled to get back to the bag
  • lowest support of a structure
    • it was built on a base of solid rock
    • he stood at the foot of the tower
  • installation from which a military force initiates operations
    • the attack wiped out our forward bases
  • use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
  • situate as a center of operations
    • we will base this project in the new lab
  • use as a basis for; found on
    • base a claim on some observation
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