baseline

noun, often attributive
base·​line | \ ˈbās-ˌlīn How to pronounce baseline (audio) \

Definition of baseline

1 : a line serving as a basis especially : one of known measure or position used (as in surveying or navigation) to calculate or locate something
2a : either of the lines on a baseball field that lead from home plate to first base and third base and are extended into the outfield as foul lines
b : basepath
3 : a boundary line at either end of a court (as in tennis or basketball)
4 : a usually initial set of critical observations or data used for comparison or a control
5 : a starting point the baseline of this discussion

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Examples of baseline in a Sentence

The experiment is meant only to provide a baseline for other studies. any year or event we use as the baseline for the Renaissance is going to be at least somewhat arbitrary

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However, her ability to approach the net from the baseline and, on the move, get low for volleys was never a strength and remained a challenge. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, "Wimbledon 2019: The Serena Williams–Andy Murray Mixed-Doubles Match Shows the Future That Tennis Should Be Embracing," 7 July 2019 In the final seconds, Leonard rose up from the right baseline and rimmed in what immediately became the most important jumper in Canadian history. New York Times, "The Raptors’ Journey to the Top of the N.B.A.," 14 June 2019 Both men would station themselves along the baseline and sprint, scramble, slide, stretch to somehow reach just about each and every ball that came their way, not merely putting a racket on it but responding with a booming reply. Howard Fendrich, chicagotribune.com, "Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem in 4 sets to win his 12th French Open title," 9 June 2019 Both men would station themselves along the baseline and sprint, scramble, slide, stretch to somehow reach just about each and every ball that came their way, not merely putting a racket on it but responding with a booming reply. Howard Fendrich, courant.com, "Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem in four sets to win his 12th French Open, 18th career Grand Slam title," 9 June 2019 Both men would station themselves along the baseline and sprint, scramble, slide, stretch to somehow reach just about each and every ball that came their way, not merely putting a racket on it but responding with a booming reply. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Rafael Nadal continues mastery on the clay, wins 12th French Open title," 9 June 2019 Hof spun toward the baseline and got a great look — the ball hitting the backboard first, then the back of the rim, then rolled to the left side of the rim before finally spinning off. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Arizona State holds on late, ousts Miami 57-55," 24 Mar. 2019 State officials used generally conservative Medicare rates as a baseline and starting point for the discussion. Julie Appleby, Washington Post, "‘Holy Cow’ Moment Changes How Montana’s State Health Plan Does Business," 20 June 2018 South Dakota State forward Mike Daum drives the baseline past Ohio State’s Mich Potter (0) and Andrew Dakich for a slam dunk Thursday in Boise. Michael Lycklama, idahostatesman, "Ohio State holds off upset with two clutch shots, gets ‘revenge game’ with Gonzaga | Idaho Statesman," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of baseline

circa 1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of baseline was circa 1556

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baseline

noun

English Language Learners Definition of baseline

technical : information that is used as a starting point by which to compare other information
: a line at either end of the playing area in games like basketball and tennis
: either one of the lines that lead from home plate to first base and third base

baseline

noun
base·​line | \ ˈbā-ˌslīn How to pronounce baseline (audio) \

Medical Definition of baseline

: a set of critical observations or data used for comparison or a control

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