Definitions

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 rock bottom.
  • verb intransitive, figuratively to fall to the lowest possible level

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  • adjective well below normal (especially in price)

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Examples

  • 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.

    Home Bargains Abound, But Willing Lenders Are Rare Breed

  • While such investments are relatively stable, the possibility of capital appreciation has fallen with interest rates at rock-bottom levels.

    Hedge Fund State of Mind

  • "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.

    Hungary Signals New Openness to Talks on Bank Law

  • On top of its deeply discounted shipping and rock-bottom prices, the company sells its new Kindle Fire tablet at just $199.

    Turning Amazon Cash To Kindling

  • 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.

    Beware Strait Talking on Oil

  • 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.

    Argentine Leader Seen on Mend After Surgery

  • The ECB monetary operations helped make it easy for weaker nations to borrow at rock-bottom rates.

    Ties That Bound Europe Now Fraying

  • It allows Indian hospitals to entice American heart patients for top-notch surgery at rock-bottom prices.

    Cities of the Sky

  • Disaffection with Mr. Papandreou's socialist government is rife, and his approval ratings are rock-bottom.

    No Bounce for Greek Spirits

  • 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.

    Itchy Investors Ramp Up the Risk

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