base·​board | \ ˈbās-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce baseboard (audio) \

Definition of baseboard

: a board situated at or forming the base of something specifically : a molding covering the joint of a wall and the adjoining floor

Examples of baseboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spread a drop cloth onto the floor and use painter’s tape to secure it to the baseboard molding. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Successfully Paint Any Wall in Your House," 18 Dec. 2020 The main home is fueled by natural gas baseboard radiators and has five zones., "Property of the Week: 20 Charter Oak Place, Hartford," 11 Dec. 2020 Then pry off the baseboard moldings from around the room perimeter and remove the old flooring to expose the plywood subfloor. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Install Electric Radiant-Floor Heat," 25 Nov. 2020 Her best guess is that the postcard got stuck behind a baseboard, a crack in the floor or a piece of machinery in an old post office that was recently renovated. Washington Post, "With 1920 postmark, mail is delivered to Michigan home 100 years late," 12 Sep. 2020 One of the few smart thermostats for electric baseboard and in-floor systems, the stylish Mysa plays well with Amazon, Google, Apple and Samsung smart home hubs. Natasha Stokes, NBC News, "Best smart thermostats 2020: Honeywell, Google Nest and more," 30 Mar. 2020 Shoe molding, which is usually nailed into a baseboard using finishing nails and never into the wall, comes in a wide range of styles, shapes, and sizes. Sarah Baird, House Beautiful, "Molding," 14 Sep. 2020 The parts come off, the handlebars come off, the baseboard breaks, the throttle sticks, the brakes fail. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Lime and Bird sued over alleged scooter safety failures and injuries to dozens," 21 Aug. 2020 There are also discounts for ductless mini splits, which cool and heat your home and are a more comfortable alternative to baseboard or wall heating systems, according to energy experts. oregonlive, "Electric bill spiking? Cost-cutting appliances with cash rebates are on sale," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of baseboard

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of baseboard was in 1598

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“Baseboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of baseboard

US : a narrow board along the bottom of a wall that covers the area where the wall meets the floor


base·​board | \ ˈbās-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce baseboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of baseboard

: a line of thin boards running along the bottom of the walls of a room

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