base·​board ˈbās-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce baseboard (audio)
: 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 Use them on everything from your ceiling fans to your baseboards, and your vacuum cleaner will thank you. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 5 Sep. 2023 Officials with Hillsboro Fire and Rescue said the fire was caused by flammable materials stored close to a baseboard heater. oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2023 With the baseboards and the moldings made from the same veined marble, Vanderford opted for the textured finish of black leather croc wallpaper by Elitis. Gina Mayfield, Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2023 Fill all cracks with caulk, secure any loose baseboards, and patch any drywall holes. Kate McGregor, House Beautiful, 29 Aug. 2023 There are also some microfiber strings on the sides, so the mop can also gently clean your baseboards. Kelsey Mulvey, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Aug. 2023 At the very least, do a detailed inspection for signs of bed bugs listed above. Inspect your hotel mattress for bed bugs and check the baseboards, electronics and upholstered furniture. John Tufts, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Aug. 2023 For dusty baseboards and window sills, opt for the dusting brush. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2023 To create a similar look, paint the baseboards to complement your cabinets or vanity and carry the color throughout the room. Marisa Donnelly, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of baseboard was in 1598

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“Baseboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


base·​board -ˌbōrd How to pronounce baseboard (audio)
: a board placed at or forming the base of something
especially : a molding covering the crack between a wall and floor

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