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 Lift and look in bed bug hiding spots: the mattress, box spring and other furniture, as well as behind baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper. Elevate luggage away from the bed and wall. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis jumped 5 spots on list of worst cities for bed bugs. Here's how to prevent them.," 15 Jan. 2020 The door and window trim and baseboards are fairly easy to fit together. James Dulley, Dallas News, "Jazz up your dining room," 5 Jan. 2020 Used on a baseboard, stair risers, and banister column, BEHR's French Colony adds visual interest to a white space and creates a frame effect for a console table (a must for dropping keys and a fresh floral arrangement). Jessica Cumberbatch, Country Living, "Just How Much Can You Do With One Can of Paint?," 3 Oct. 2019 There are two basic types of baseboard heaters: electric and hydronic. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Why Baseboard Heaters Are So Common in Old Homes," 7 Dec. 2019 But the medical report provided to authorities omitted a key element: The parents believed the baby had hit his head on a wooden baseboard before landing on the carpet. NBC News, "She called 911 after her baby fell. Weeks later, CPS took her children.," 7 Nov. 2019 The unemployment rate has been skimming along the baseboards. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Hiring Slowed in September as Unemployment Rate Fell to a 50-Year Low," 4 Oct. 2019 Buck and a team of conservation experts cut holes in the drywall to search for original plaster and baseboards. Sadie Witkowski, Smithsonian, "From Ancient Seeds to Scraps of Clothing, Rats’ Nests Are Full of Treasures," 15 Nov. 2019 The case took a darker turn when Dalu discovered what looked like smudges of human blood on the light switch, baseboard, ceiling and door casing in Smith’s old San Juan Capistrano office. Christine Pelisek,, "What Happened to Young Tech Entrepreneur After His Emails Abruptly Stopped?," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of baseboard

1598, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jan 2020

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“Baseboard.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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