from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The lowest member of a base when divided horizontally, or of a baseboard, pedestal, or the like.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A base or foundation-element, placed under the bottom of a machine or other apparatus, intermediate between the latter and the true foundation. It is used to lift the machine higher from the ground than it would be without it, and to do this without increasing the height of the masonry below, or making the machine itself inconveniently massive.
- n. In general, anything going underneath a base or bed-plate.
- n. A secondary base (of supplies) nearer or more accessible than the main base.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the lowest molding of an architectural base or of a baseboard
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