bedrock

noun
bed·rock | \ˈbed-ˈräk, -ˌräk\

Definition of bedrock 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the solid rock underlying unconsolidated surface materials (such as soil)

2a : lowest point

b : basis

bedrock

adjective
bed·rock | \ˈbed-ˌräk \

Definition of bedrock (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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

Our focus is on continuing to serve all our customers with the highest degree of integrity and respect that are the bedrock of our company’s values. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "Black farmers were sold ‘weaponized’ seed, and racism may be to blame, lawsuit says," 11 July 2018 Carter begins this bedrock retracing of a life of faith by recounting, in down-to-earth vernacular, a boyhood steeped in Sunday school and church suppers, in farm work and field play with the African-American farm kids next door. Barbara Mahany, chicagotribune.com, "Jimmy Carter's latest book, 'Faith,' leads this week's roundup of spiritual books," 9 July 2018 Prescott: Granite Gardens This little series of loops makes a great introduction to Prescott’s most distinctive feature, the Granite Dells, a massive field of exposed bedrock gnawed by erosion. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly hikes around Arizona: Hit the trail with your family this summer," 28 June 2018 Our Constitution, our form of government is built on a bedrock value. Fox News, "Schlapp: Trump wants nominee who will uphold Constitution," 28 June 2018 As ice melts and the load on the crust lightens, the bedrock beneath West Antarctica is rising rapidly. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Rising bedrock below West Antarctica could delay catastrophic ice sheet collapse," 21 June 2018 The Californian producer and DJ built his name on a bedrock of dancehall rhythms and nasty bass screeches. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Dillon Francis Drops Maddening 'Moombahton' Mixtape: Listen," 27 June 2018 Western politics and society have been built on the bedrock of liberty and self-government. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "The costs of liberty," 15 June 2018 Today’s Orange County is very different from the one that gave birth to the fiercely anti-communist John Birch Society and formed a bedrock of support for conservative Republicans such as Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is Orange County fertile ground for the left? California Dems are counting on it," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The President has broad pardon power in the Constitution, but the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel determined in 1974 that a self-pardon would run afoul of bedrock legal principle. Tessa Berenson, Time, "Donald Trump’s Campaign to Discredit the Russia Investigation May Be Working. It’s Also Damaging American Democracy," 7 June 2018 The Beneficial renovation is both a shrine to one of democracy’s bedrock values, trial by jury — and to Kline’s career. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "How a Philadelphia lawyer turned a historic bank into a shrine to democracy (and his legal career)," 3 June 2018 One of President Trump’s most bedrock character traits is his refusal to truly reckon with any piece of information that reflects poorly on him. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Reality Distortion Field Could be a Huge Asset for Democrats This Fall," 28 Apr. 2018 Ryan is willfully enabling Devin Nunes' and President Trump's blatant attempts to obstruct justice and undermine two bedrock foundations of American democracy -the FBI and Department of Justice. Jeff Darcy, cleveland.com, "Nunes Memo is a not-so-super bowl of partisan botulism: Darcy cartoon," 4 Feb. 2018 On the most bedrock level, Ammons was a nature poet. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Adding Up a Prolific Poet’s Charming Weather Reports," 11 Dec. 2017 The case sparked ferocious debate over his actions and the controversial prisoner exchange that led to his release in 2014, challenging the military's bedrock principle of never leaving a soldier behind. Alex Horton, Alaska Dispatch News, "Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl avoids prison time for desertion during deployment in Afghanistan," 3 Nov. 2017 Bergdahl's case sparked ferocious debate over his actions and the controversial prisoner exchange that led to his release in 2014, challenging the military's bedrock principle of never leaving a soldier behind. The Washington Post, cleveland.com, "Bowe Bergdahl, former hostage who pleaded guilty to desertion, avoids prison," 3 Nov. 2017 The case sparked ferocious debate over his actions and the controversial prisoner exchange that led to his release in 2014, challenging the military’s bedrock principle of never leaving a soldier behind. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Bowe Bergdahl, the former hostage who pleaded guilty to desertion, avoids prison," 3 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of bedrock

Noun

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1873, in the meaning defined above

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bedrock

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bedrock

: the solid rock that lies under the surface of the ground

: a strong idea, principle, or fact that supports something

bedrock

noun
bed·rock | \ˈbed-ˌräk \

Kids Definition of bedrock

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

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