basement

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noun base·ment \ˈbās-mənt\

Definition of basement

  1. 1 :  the part of a building that is wholly or partly below ground level

  2. 2 :  the ground floor facade or interior in Renaissance architecture

  3. 3 :  the lowest or fundamental part of something; specifically :  the rocks underlying stratified rocks

  4. 4 chiefly New England :  a toilet or washroom especially in a school

basementless

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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


First Known Use: 1730



BASEMENT Defined for English Language Learners

basement

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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

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noun base·ment \ˈbā-smənt\

Definition of basement for Students

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



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