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 the metal shoe of the tool to press the carpet tightly against the baseboards, and then trim the carpet with the edging tool blade. Timothy Dale, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 July 2024 Dust, pet dander, and hair can accumulate quickly around the edges of rooms and baseboards, so these areas at the base of a room or hidden behind furniture are commonly missed during a regular vacuuming session. Rebecca Jones, Southern Living, 5 July 2024 Investigators found that the blaze was started accidentally by a pillow sitting atop an electric baseboard, officials said. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 21 Mar. 2024 Elvers avoid strong currents by keeping to the sides of rivers, the way mice follow baseboards. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, 17 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for baseboard 

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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 25 Jul. 2024.

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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