baseline


base·line

noun, often attributive \ˈbās-ˌlīn\

: information that is used as a starting point by which to compare other information

: a line at either end of the playing area in games like basketball and tennis

baseball : either one of the lines that lead from home plate to first base and third base

Full Definition of BASELINE

1
:  a line serving as a basis; especially :  one of known measure or position used (as in surveying or navigation) to calculate or locate something
2
a :  either of the lines on a baseball field that lead from home plate to first base and third base and are extended into the outfield as foul lines
b :  base path
3
:  a boundary line at either end of a court (as in tennis or basketball)
4
:  a usually initial set of critical observations or data used for comparison or a control
5
:  a starting point <the baseline of this discussion>

Examples of BASELINE

  1. The experiment is meant only to provide a baseline for other studies.
  2. <any year or event we use as the baseline for the Renaissance is going to be at least somewhat arbitrary>

First Known Use of BASELINE

1610

Rhymes with BASELINE

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base·line

noun \ˈbā-ˌslīn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BASELINE

: a set of critical observations or data used for comparison or a control

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