from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The deepest or lowest part: the bottom of a well; the bottom of the page.
  • n. The part closest to a reference point: was positioned at the bottom of the key for a rebound.
  • n. The underside: scraped the bottom of the car on a rock.
  • n. The supporting part; the base.
  • n. The far end or part: at the bottom of the bed.
  • n. The last place, as on a list.
  • n. The lowest or least favorable position: started at the bottom of the corporate hierarchy.
  • n. The basic underlying quality; the source: Let's get to the bottom of the problem.
  • n. The solid surface under a body of water.
  • n. Low-lying alluvial land adjacent to a river. Often used in the plural. Also called bottomland.
  • n. Nautical The part of a ship's hull below the water line.
  • n. A ship; a boat: "English merchants did much of their overseas trade in foreign bottoms” ( G.M. Trevelyan).
  • n. The trousers or short pants of pajamas. Often used in the plural.
  • n. Informal The buttocks.
  • n. The seat of a chair.
  • n. Baseball The second or last half of an inning.
  • n. Staying power; stamina. Used of a horse.
  • transitive v. To provide with an underside.
  • transitive v. To provide with a foundation.
  • transitive v. To get to the bottom of; fathom.
  • intransitive v. To be or become based or grounded.
  • intransitive v. To rest on or touch the bottom.
  • bottom out To descend to the lowest point possible, after which only a rise may occur: Sales of personal computers have bottomed out.
  • idiom at bottom Basically.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The lowest part from the uppermost part, in either of these senses:
  • n. Character, reliability, staying power, dignity, integrity or sound judgment.
  • n. a valley, often used in place names.
  • n. The buttocks or anus.
  • n. a cargo vessel, a ship.
  • n. certain parts of a vessel, particularly the cargo hold or the portion of the ship that is always underwater.
  • n. The second half of an inning, the home team's turn to bat.
  • n. A submissive in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
  • n. A man penetrated or with a preference for being penetrated during homosexual intercourse.
  • n. A bottom quark.
  • n. The lowest part of a container.
  • v. To fall to the lowest point.
  • v. To establish firmly; to found or justify on or upon something; to set on a firm footing; to set or rest on or upon something which provides support or authority.
  • v. To wind round something, as in making a ball of thread.
  • v. To be the submissive in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
  • v. To be anally penetrated in gay sex
  • adj. The lowest or last place or position.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the bottom; fundamental; lowest; under.
  • n. The lowest part of anything; the foot.
  • n. The part of anything which is beneath the contents and supports them, as the part of a chair on which a person sits, the circular base or lower head of a cask or tub, or the plank floor of a ship's hold; the under surface.
  • n. That upon which anything rests or is founded, in a literal or a figurative sense; foundation; groundwork.
  • n. The bed of a body of water, as of a river, lake, sea.
  • n. The fundament; the buttocks.
  • n. An abyss.
  • n. Low land formed by alluvial deposits along a river; low-lying ground; a dale; a valley.
  • n. The part of a ship which is ordinarily under water; hence, the vessel itself; a ship.
  • n. Power of endurance.
  • n. Dregs or grounds; lees; sediment.
  • n. A ball or skein of thread; a cocoon.
  • intransitive v. To rest, as upon an ultimate support; to be based or grounded; -- usually with on or upon.
  • intransitive v. To reach or impinge against the bottom, so as to impede free action, as when the point of a cog strikes the bottom of a space between two other cogs, or a piston the end of a cylinder.
  • transitive v. To found or build upon; to fix upon as a support; -- followed by on or upon.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a bottom.
  • transitive v. To reach or get to the bottom of.
  • transitive v. To wind round something, as in making a ball of thread.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The lowest or deepest part of anything, as distinguished from the top; utmost depth, either literally or figuratively; base; foundation; root: as, the bottom of a hill, a tower, a tree, of a well or other cavity, of a page or a column of figures.
  • n. The ground under any body of water: as, a rocky bottom; a sandy bottom; to lie on the bottom of the sea.
  • n. In physical geography, the low land adjacent to a river, especially when the river is large and the level area is of considerable extent. Also called bottom-land.
  • n. In mining, that which is lowest; in Pennsylvania coal-mining, the floor, bottom-rock, or stratum on which a coal-seam rests.
  • n. The lower or hinder extremity of the trunk of an animal; the buttocks; the sitting part of man.
  • n. The portion of a chair on which one sits; the seat.
  • n. That part of a ship which is below the wales; hence, the ship itself.
  • n. The heavy impurities which collect at the bottoms of vessels in which fluids are left to settle: as, “the bottom of beer,”
  • n. plural The residuum, consisting of impure metal, often found at the bottom of a smelting-furnace when the operation has not been skilfully conducted: chiefly used in reference to copper-smelting.
  • n. Power of endurance; stamina; native strength: as, a horse of good bottom.
  • n. Milit.: A circular disk with holes to hold the rods in the formation of a gabion.
  • n. Same as bottom-plate.
  • n. In shoe-making, the sole, heel, and shank of a shoe; all that is below the upper.
  • n. In railroads, the ballasting about the ties.
  • n. A platform suspended from a scale, on which the thing to be weighed is placed.— A clue or nucleus on which to wind thread; the thread so wound.
  • n. The cocoon of a silkworm.
  • n. In dyeing, a color applied to a fabric with a view of giving a peculiar hue to a dye which is to be subsequently applied.
  • [Attrib. use of noun.] Situated at the bottom; lowest; undermost; fundamental: as, the bottom stair; the bottom coin of a pile.
  • To furnish with a bottom: as, to bottom a shoe or a chair.
  • To found or build upon; fix upon as a support; base.
  • To fathom; reach or get to the bottom of.
  • To wind round something, as in making a ball of thread.
  • In dyeing, to dye first with a certain color in preparation for another.
  • To rest; be based.
  • To strike against the bottom or end: as, a piston bottoms when it strikes against the end of the cylinder.
  • In botany, to form a bulb or other underground expansion, as an onion.
  • In gold-mining, to get to the bed-rock, or clay, below which it is useless to sink.
  • n. The lowest landing in a shaft or incline; the lowest working in a mine.
  • n. The lower portion of a seam or bed, as of coal.
  • n. In gold-mining, the old river-bed upon which the wash-dirt rests, and upon which the richest alluvial gold is found. Sometimes called the gutter.
  • n. In golf, a backward rotation of the ball which tends to check its motion after it touches the ground.
  • n. In saddlery, the portion of a martingale which passes between the horse's belly and the belly-band.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. low-lying alluvial land near a river
  • n. a depression forming the ground under a body of water
  • adj. the lowest rank
  • n. the second half of an inning; while the home team is at bat
  • n. a cargo ship
  • v. strike the ground, as with a ship's bottom
  • adj. situated at the bottom or lowest position
  • n. the lowest part of anything
  • n. the lower side of anything
  • v. provide with a bottom or a seat
  • v. come to understand
  • n. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English botme, from Old English botm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English botm, bodan ("ground, soil, lowest part"), from Proto-Germanic *butm- (compare Dutch bodem ("bottom, ground"), Old Frisian boden ("soil"), German Boden ("ground, earth, soil")), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰudʰ- (compare Sanskrit बुध्न (budhna), Ancient Greek πυθμήν (puthmēn, "foundation"), Latin fundus ("bottom, piece of land, farm"), Old Irish bond ("sole of the foot"), Albanian bythë ("butt, end, bottom"). Meaning "posterior of a man" is from 1794; the verb "to reach the bottom of" is from 1808. Bottom dollar "the last dollar one has" is from 1882.



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