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noun bot·tom \ˈbä-təm\

Simple Definition of bottom

  • : the lowest part, point, or level of something

  • : the part of something that is below or under the other parts

  • : the lowest point or surface inside something : the part of something hollow that is furthest from the top

Full Definition of bottom

  1. 1 a :  the underside of something b :  a surface (as the seat of a chair) designed to support something resting on it —used figuratively in phrases like the bottom dropped out to describe a sudden collapse or downturn <lost millions when the bottom dropped out of the stock market> c :  the posterior end of the trunk :  buttocks, rump

  2. 2 :  the surface on which a body of water lies

  3. 3 a :  the part of a ship's hull lying below the water b :  boat, ship

  4. 4 a :  the lowest part or place <the bottom of the page> b :  the remotest or inmost point c :  the lowest or last place in point of precedence <started work at the bottom> d :  the part of a garment worn on the lower part of the body; especially :  the pants of pajamas —usually used in plural e :  the last half of an inning of baseball f :  the bass or baritone instruments of a band

  5. 5 :  bottomland —usually used in plural

  6. 6 :  basis, source <trying to get to the bottom of these rumors>

  7. 7 :  capacity (as of a horse) to endure strain

  8. 8 :  a foundation color applied to textile fibers before dyeing

  9. 9 :  a fundamental quark that accounts for the existence and lifetime of upsilon particles and has an electric charge of −13 and a measured energy of approximately 5 GeV; also :  the flavor characterizing this particle

bot·tomed play \-təmd\ adjective
at bottom

Examples of bottom

  1. We sailed to the bottom of the bay.

  2. the bottom of the garden

  3. The poor baby has a rash all over his little bottom.

  4. The company's new CEO started at the bottom and worked her way up.

  5. Why do I always find myself rooting for the team at the bottom of the league?

  6. at the bottom of the pay scale

Origin of bottom

Middle English botme, from Old English botm; akin to Old High German bodam bottom, Latin fundus, Greek pythmēn

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with bottom



verb bot·tom

Definition of bottom

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish with a bottom

  3. 2 :  to provide a foundation for

  4. 3 :  to bring to the bottom

  5. 4 :  to get to the bottom of

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to become based

  8. 2 :  to reach the bottom

  9. 3 :  to reach a point where a decline is halted or reversed —usually used with out <the team bottomed out in last place>

bot·tom·er noun


First Known Use of bottom




adjective bot·tom

Simple Definition of bottom

  • : in the lowest position

  • : living at the lowest level of an ocean or lake

Full Definition of bottom

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or situated at the bottom <bottom rock>

  2. 2 :  frequenting the bottom <bottom fish>

Examples of bottom

  1. the bottom rung of the ladder

  2. Somebody's fingerprints are all along the bottom edge of the photograph.


First Known Use of bottom


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February 11, 2016

the holder of an office

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