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
basementlessplay \-ləs\ adjective
Examples of basement in a Sentence
we store our bicycles in the basement during the winter
the basement of the outdoor fountain needs a lot of restoration work
Recent Examples of basement from the Web
Berton's workspace is at the bottom of a staircase in the basement of his Oak Park home.
Beach Slang Beach Slang perfectly captures a post-punk rock 'n' roll angst that dominated the basements and cars of kids in the late 1980s and early '90s: loud, frustrated, sneakily sentimental, unashamedly vulnerable.
The building, Good said, is minutes from the courthouse and, with four stories and a dry basement at 27,265 square feet, would have room for storage, as well as offices from the courthouse and the administration building.
The three-story Friary has about 27,000 square feet of space, including a basement that most recently was occupied by a laundry and meeting space.
The original Dale’s Cellar Restaurant later relocated to the basement of the old Essex House on Sixth Avenue North in 1966.
In the age of smartphones, social media and cyber hacking fears, vintage typewriters that once gathered dust in attics and basements are attracting a new generation of fans across the U.S.
In the basement of the West Wing, Reed Cordish, an assistant to the president who has been a lead on both Infrastructure Week and Workforce Development Week, shares an office with his counterpart Chris Liddell.
Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale got its start in 1901 in the basement of Birmingham’s Alabama Grocery Company.
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BASEMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of basement for English Language Learners
: the part of a building that is entirely or partly below the ground
BASEMENT Defined for Kids
Definition of basement for Students
: the part of a building that is partly or entirely below ground level
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