bed·​rock | \ ˈbed-ˈräk How to pronounce bedrock (audio) , -ˌräk \

Definition of bedrock

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the solid rock underlying unconsolidated surface materials (such as soil)
2a : lowest point
b : basis


bed·​rock | \ ˈbed-ˌräk How to pronounce bedrock (audio) \

Definition of bedrock (Entry 2 of 2)

: solidly fundamental, basic, or reliable traditional bedrock values a bedrock constituency

Examples of bedrock in a Sentence

Noun They dug down for 10 feet before they hit bedrock. His religious beliefs are the bedrock on which his life is based.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And yet, belief in a future where all things are possible is the bedrock of humanity's faith in itself and in a higher power. Peniel E. Joseph, CNN, 16 May 2022 Lyrics are the bedrock of fame for rappers like Young Thug and Gunna. Helena Andrews-dyer, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 As the city’s longest-running open mic, the Tuesday night show at Lefty’s has been the bedrock of the DSM scene, a weekly convergence of the rowdy and sincere. Lee Keeler, SPIN, 10 May 2022 Strong communication is the bedrock of successful company culture. Giuliana Corbo, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2022 Sintering, however, would be dominant in the latitudes straddling the equator, creating the bedrock underlying Titan’s plains. Elizabeth Howell, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Twitter's new owner must now decide whose definition of free speech wins out—one where healthy debate and respectful conversation are the bedrock of the platform or or one where hate speech is disseminated without safeguards. Emma Hinchliffe And Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2022 In the 1922 case Balzac v. Puerto Rico, for example, the court held that the constitutional right to jury trials—a bedrock element of the American legal system— did not extend to the island. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 27 Apr. 2022 Under Frank Layden, Jerry Sloan, and even most of Quin Snyder tenure, the Jazz have had that consistent bedrock. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The violence suffered by Floyd and so many thousands of other people is horrifying to anyone with a conscience, and arguments for ending this injustice hook directly into bedrock American ideas about liberty and equality. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 24 June 2021 Now, even the bedrock idea of self-determination is endangered in Libya, with foreign powers — not just Libyans — seeking to control the country’s fate. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2021 People with disabilities know bedrock truths most of us ignore. Paul Daugherty,, 19 May 2020 The American Prairie Reserve’s partial retreat from conservation’s traditional separation of humans and nature—a bedrock principle of conservation for most of the past century—is not just an accommodation. Christopher Preston, The Atlantic, 9 Apr. 2020 One of our nation’s bedrock environmental laws, NEPA mandates inclusion of the public’s voice and environmental reviews in government decision making. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 26 Mar. 2020 Objective news reporting is built on two bedrock principles: report the truth, and don’t pick sides. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 10 Mar. 2020 Few leagues are rushing to copy those bedrock elements of M.L.S., and that raises the question of whether such an unusually structured league can really hope to join the best in the world, particularly financially. New York Times, 28 Feb. 2020 But the use of religious freedom as a tool to enable discrimination has become a bedrock principle of the modern conservative movement—and of the Trump Administration. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, 19 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of bedrock


1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1873, in the meaning defined above

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19 May 2022

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“Bedrock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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bed·​rock | \ ˈbed-ˌräk How to pronounce bedrock (audio) \

Kids Definition of bedrock

: the solid rock found under surface materials (as soil)

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