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bed·​rock ˈbed-ˈräk How to pronounce bedrock (audio)
: the solid rock underlying unconsolidated surface materials (such as soil)
: lowest point
: basis


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bed·​rock ˈbed-ˌräk How to pronounce bedrock (audio)
: 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
The larger aim is to challenge the bedrock constitutional principle that the federal government, not the states, has the sole authority to enforce national immigration laws. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 31 Mar. 2024 Open science is the bedrock of technological advancement. Rebecca Finlay, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024 Strong Governance of the Judicial processes is essential in Texas since the Judicial system is the bedrock of a democracy. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 Today spectroscopy is the bedrock of modern astronomy. Paul M. Sutter, Scientific American, 15 Feb. 2024 American homeowners could see a significant drop in the cost of selling their homes after a real estate trade group agreed to a landmark deal that will eliminate a bedrock of the industry, the standard 6 percent sales commission. Debra Kamin, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2024 The biggest part of that work was the installation of tie-back anchors into the bedrock. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2024 As your organization embraces these examples and tools, the symbiotic relationship between data and AI becomes the bedrock of strategic risk management. Sal Rehmetullah, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Barton and other Seven Mountains proponents argue that the idea of separation of church and state, regarded by many as a bedrock of American democracy, is a myth invented by progressives based on a misreading of Thomas Jefferson’s famous 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptists. Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News, 23 Feb. 2024
It’s this bedrock principle of modern American life that the court treats with great skepticism. Zachary M. Seward, Quartz, 1 Nov. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use


1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bedrock was in 1839

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“Bedrock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the solid rock lying under surface materials (as soil) that are not in layers
: a solid foundation

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