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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  • The feet planted themselves on a dark sub-base of burled rosewood, showing a carved border of miniature ocean surf.

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  • Navy's super-secure sub-base at King's Bay, Georgia.

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  • It should rest on a sub-base of sand several centimetres thick.

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  • For a road 11 m wide, sub-base 200 mm thick and a compaction density of 1500 kg/m3, where 4 % lime is to be added, 130 tonnes lime per kilometer of road will be required.

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  • The quantities required will depend on the compaction density, width and thickness of sub-base or base designed, and also on the proportion of available lime in the lime hydrate.

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  • He remembered fortresses he'd built with other children on rooftops and in flooded sub-base - ments.


  • A demolition bomb dropped into that sub-base would not have caused greater excitement than did that message.

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  • Every sector base and sub-base was ready, the zero hour had been set.

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  • The low-timbered sub-base of the structure was pierced by a lovely doorway with sculptured lintel, and also with two impertinent modern windows, flaunting muslin curtains, and coquettishly attired with rows of flowering carnations.

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  • The thickness of the broken stone, gravel, cinder or sand sub-base should likewise be varied with the character of the soil, the conditions of natural drainage and the prevalence of frost.

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