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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BASE

A stream of water, pure as crystal, flowed along the path, from the summit to the base.

It comes out of a subconsciousness in which death and not life is the base.

Manifestly, Shakespeare is thinking of Herbert and his base betrayal.

The man was placed horizontally on a base board beneath the spar.

The bearers of this base proposal were admitted to the palace.

Well, that I could have pardoned, if she had not been so base as to go over to Mrs. Luttridge.

Edison was acquainted with two experimental facts on which to base the invention.

I remembered no more, till I found myself in the base hospital.

We may know that it's a base pretension by its having that effect.

He knew that Hamish had not erred from any base self-gratification, but from love.

WORD ORIGIN

"bottom, foundation, pedestal," early 14c., from Old French bas "depth" (12c.), from Latin basis "foundation," from Greek basis "step, pedestal," from bainein "to step" (see come). The military sense is from 1860. The chemical sense (1810) was introduced in French 1754 by French chemist Guillaume-François Rouelle (1703-1770). Sporting sense of "starting point" ia from 1690s, also "destination of a runner" (1812). As a "safe" spot in a tag-like game, suggested from mid-15c. (as the name of the game later called prisoner's base).

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