basement

noun base·ment \ ˈbās-mənt \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

Definition of basement

1 : the part of a building that is wholly or partly below ground level
2 : the ground floor facade or interior in Renaissance architecture
3 : the lowest or fundamental part of something; specifically : the rocks underlying stratified rocks
4 chiefly New England : a toilet or washroom especially in a school
5 a : a low state, rank, or condition
  • With their stock in the basement and red ink all over their balance sheet, many struggling [companies] are finding that fund-raising has become an exceedingly difficult proposition.
  • —Brad Stone
b : the lowest place in the standings : cellar 2
  • Last year, the Phillies finished in the basement of the NL East with 68 wins, tied with the Cubs for the fewest wins in the league.
  • Boston Herald

basementless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of basement in a Sentence

  1. we store our bicycles in the basement during the winter

  2. the basement of the outdoor fountain needs a lot of restoration work

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Origin and Etymology of basement

1base or 2base + -ment, probably after Italian basamento

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BASEMENT Defined for English Language Learners

basement

Definition of basement for English Language Learners

  • : the part of a building that is entirely or partly below the ground


BASEMENT Defined for Kids

basement

noun base·ment \ ˈbā-smənt \

Definition of basement for Students

: the part of a building that is partly or entirely below ground level


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