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bottom

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noun bot·tom \ˈbä-təm\

Definition of bottom

  1. 1a :  the underside of something <at the bottom of the box> <a cut on the bottom of her foot> <The vase is signed on the bottom.>b :  a surface (as the seat of a chair) designed to support something resting on it —used figuratively in phrases like the bottom dropped out to describe a sudden collapse or downturn <lost millions when the bottom dropped out of the stock market>c :  buttocks, rump <a baby with a rash on his bottom>

  2. 2 :  the surface on which a body of water lies <sank to the bottom of the ocean>

  3. 3 nautical a :  the part of a ship's hull lying below the waterb :  boat, ship <cargo … carried by foreign bottoms — Virginia A. Oakes>

  4. 4a :  the lowest part or place <the bottom of the page> <stood at the bottom of the stairs>b :  the remotest or inmost point <sail to the bottom of the bay>c :  the lowest or last place in rank or position <The CEO started at the bottom and worked her way up.> <graduated at the bottom of the class> <the bottom of the pay scale>d clothing :  the part of a garment worn on the lower part of the body <white tops and navy blue bottoms> <a bikini bottom>; especially :  the pants of pajamas —usually used in plurale baseball :  the last half of an inning <the bottom of the ninth>f music :  the bass or baritone instruments of a band

  5. 5 geography :  bottomland —usually used in plural <the Mississippi river bottoms>

  6. 6 :  basis, source <trying to get to the bottom of these rumors>

  7. 7 :  capacity (as of a horse) to endure strain <a breed of dogs outstanding for bottom>

  8. 8 textiles :  a foundation color applied to fibers before dyeing

  9. 9 physics :  a fundamental quark that accounts for the existence and lifetime of upsilon particles and has an electric charge of −13 and a measured energy of approximately 5 GeV; also :  the flavor (see 1flavor 4b) characterizing this particle

bottomed

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at bottom

  1. :  really, basically <It is, at bottom, a love song.>

Examples of bottom in a sentence

  1. We sailed to the bottom of the bay.

  2. the bottom of the garden

  3. The poor baby has a rash all over his little bottom.

  4. The company's new CEO started at the bottom and worked her way up.

  5. Why do I always find myself rooting for the team at the bottom of the league?

  6. at the bottom of the pay scale

Origin and Etymology of bottom

Middle English botme, from Old English botm; akin to Old High German bodam bottom, Latin fundus, Greek pythmēn


First Known Use: before 12th century


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bottom

verb bot·tom

Definition of bottom

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish (as a chair) with a bottom

  3. 2 :  to provide a foundation for <men who wanted to bottom the dreams of the Romantics — Bonamy Dobrée>

  4. 3 :  to bring to the bottom <bottomed the submarine on the ocean floor>

  5. 4 :  to find the basis or source of (as a rumor) :  to get to the bottom (see 1bottom 6) of <The mystery hasn't been bottomed.>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to become based or grounded <find on what foundation any proposition bottoms — John Locke>

  8. 2 :  to reach the bottom <bottoming on the sea floor>

  9. 3 :  to reach a point where a decline is halted or reversed —usually used with out <The team bottomed out in last place.>

bottomer

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Origin and Etymology of bottom

see 1bottom


First Known Use: 1544


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bottom

adjective bot·tom

Definition of bottom

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or situated at the bottom (see 1bottom) <bottom rock>

  2. 2 :  frequenting the lowest part or place :  frequenting the bottom <bottom fish>

Examples of bottom in a sentence

  1. the bottom rung of the ladder

  2. Somebody's fingerprints are all along the bottom edge of the photograph.

Origin and Etymology of bottom

see 1bottom


First Known Use: 1561



BOTTOM Defined for English Language Learners

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bottom

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noun bot·tom \ˈbä-təm\

Definition of bottom for English Language Learners

  • : the lowest part, point, or level of something

  • : the part of something that is below or under the other parts

  • : the lowest point or surface inside something : the part of something hollow that is furthest from the top


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bottom

adjective bot·tom

Definition of bottom for English Language Learners

  • : in the lowest position

  • : living at the lowest level of an ocean or lake


BOTTOM Defined for Kids

bottom

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noun bot·tom \ˈbä-təm\

Definition of bottom for Students

  1. 1 :  the lowest part of something <the bottom of the stairs> <the bottom of the bowl>

  2. 2 :  the under surface of something <There's gum on the bottom of my shoe.>

  3. 3 :  a supporting surface or part :  base <chair bottoms>

  4. 4 :  the lowest or worst level or position <She graduated at the bottom of her class.>

  5. 5 :  clothing that covers the lower part of the body <pajama bottoms>

  6. 6 :  the bed of a body of water <the lake bottom>

  7. 7 :  low land along a river <Mississippi River bottoms>

  8. 8 :  the most basic part <Let's get to the bottom of the problem.>

  9. 9 :  the second half of an inning of baseball



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