from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A stratum of rock which forms a bottom, as for a well or a foundation: also used attributively, and colloquially, in a figurative sense: as, rock-bottom figures, or a rock-bottom price.
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- noun Alternative spelling of
- verb intransitive, figuratively to
fallto the lowest possible level
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective well below normal (especially in price)
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Driving the demand, say financial advisers, is that despite rock-bottom mortgage rates around 4%, traditional lenders remain reluctant to provide mortgages to anyone with less than stellar credit.
While such investments are relatively stable, the possibility of capital appreciation has fallen with interest rates at rock-bottom levels.
"I think the market will adopt a seeing-is-believing approach, given that market trust in this administration is now at rock-bottom levels," said Timothy Ash , an emerging-markets analyst at Royal Bank of Scotland in London.
On top of its deeply discounted shipping and rock-bottom prices, the company sells its new Kindle Fire tablet at just $199.
In contrast, prices are just 4% higher in U.S. dollar terms, and the U.S. is benefiting from falling net imports of crude along with rock-bottom domestic natural-gas prices.
Nevertheless, Argentina is immersed in a delicate economic transition in which the federal government is making a push to reduce the massive subsidies it expends to keep Argentine utility and public transportation rates at rock-bottom levels.
The ECB monetary operations helped make it easy for weaker nations to borrow at rock-bottom rates.
It allows Indian hospitals to entice American heart patients for top-notch surgery at rock-bottom prices.
Disaffection with Mr. Papandreou's socialist government is rife, and his approval ratings are rock-bottom.
When the Fed announced last week that it likely will keep rates at rock-bottom levels through 2014—almost three full years from now—some risk-averse investors began to abandon hopes that rates would rise soon.