We sailed to the bottom of the bay.
the bottom of the garden
The poor baby has a rash all over his little bottom.
The company's new CEO started at the bottom and worked her way up.
Why do I always find myself rooting for the team at the bottom of the league?
at the bottom of the pay scale Adjective
the bottom rung of the ladder
Somebody's fingerprints are all along the bottom edge of the photograph. See More
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Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz Jr. of Spain looks at the bottom of his car after running over a manhole cover during the first practice session of the Formula One Las Vegas Grand Prix race, Nov. 16, 2023, in Las Vegas, Nevada.—CBS News, 17 Nov. 2023 Anyone who prefers layering their jeans outside their boots rather than tucking them will appreciate the wide flared bottom, which runs extra long to create the illusion of longer legs.—Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 16 Nov. 2023 Cut the bottom off an empty two-liter bottle to make your own.—Nicole Harris, Parents, 16 Nov. 2023 But its romantic shape — a graceful or bulbous gooseneck ending in a pert stem, like an upturned nose, a plump and curvaceous bottom, heavy and steady and often blushed — is bested only by its complex taste.—G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 Bake until golden brown at the edges and set on the bottom, 5 to 10 minutes.—Genevieve Ko, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2023 Bake: Bake in preheated oven until puff pastries are deep golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating baking sheets between top and bottom racks halfway through bake time.—Jasmine Smith, Southern Living, 15 Nov. 2023 This one has a thicker and higher design than typical rests, and the nonslip bottom keeps it in firmly place.
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All parents know the struggle of sending their kids off with jackets and other clothing and never seeing those articles again.—Hannah Rice, Rolling Stone, 14 Nov. 2023 Don't worry about any of it sticking to the side or the bottom of your bowl.—Paige Grandjean, Southern Living, 3 Nov. 2023
Back in February, Zillow’s housing economists made a bold call that U.S. home prices had bottomed and would proceed to climb 0.5% over the next 12 months.—Lance Lambert, Fortune, 27 Aug. 2023 But many analysts expect the slumping growth rates to bottom by midyear, and even start improving in the back half.—Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 11 Apr. 2023 Getty Images Just as national home prices were bottoming in early 2012 following the crash that started in 2007, institutional buyer Invitation Homes (owned by Blackstone at the time) was entering the U.S. housing market and looking for deals at rock-bottom prices.—Lance Lambert, Fortune, 27 July 2023 Does that mean that home prices have essentially bottomed?—Lance Lambert, Fortune, 5 Aug. 2023 Several firms think national house prices have bottomed, including the AEI Housing Center, CoreLogic, and Zillow.—Lance Lambert, Fortune, 5 Aug. 2023 By the time national prices bottom in 2024, Morningstar expects house prices to be down between 4% to 6% from the peak.—Lance Lambert, Fortune, 15 July 2023 Following the global financial crisis of 2008, views about the economy did not truly improve until about 2012 — even though economic growth technically bottomed in the spring of 2009.—Rob Wile, NBC News, 14 July 2023 Historically, the market bottoms roughly four months before unemployment hits its highest level in a recession, according to Bank of America analysts.—Eric Wallerstein, WSJ, 1 June 2023
Here, mementos crafted from the bottom inch of Christmas trees from years past dangle between the boughs.—Kaylei Fear, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Nov. 2023 But as the 30-year-old freely concedes, those early days at the bottom rung proved instrumental to his present-day success.—Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2023 Arrange bottom roll halves in prepared baking dish; spread evenly with honey-mustard.—Liv Dansky, Southern Living, 10 Nov. 2023 Her secret for the lemon meringue pie was to mix some of the lemon filling in with the meringue, so the meringue was more creamy and satiny and less stiff and less likely to separate and slide off from the filling of the bottom half.—Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2023 Along the top and bottom lash lines and over the lids, Farolfi applied an ivory metallic shadow (try the sparkly options in the Byredo Self Illusion Eyeshadow Palette) and then freestyled a crescent-moon shape in a silver pigment.—Annie Blay, Allure, 9 Nov. 2023 There’s also a four-story tower guesthouse, which has a spiral staircase that travels from a bottom living area up to a kitchen, bath and top-floor bedroom offering ocean views.—Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 4 Nov. 2023 This left Alyson and Sasha, Mauricio and Emma and Harry and Rylee as the remaining three couples, though not necessarily the bottom three.—Joelle Goldstein, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2023 For companies in the Russell 2000 Index, the difference between the top 20% and the bottom tier was even greater, signaling that smaller companies with weaker balance sheets get punished even more than their larger counterparts.—Alexandra Semenova, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English botme, botom, bothom, going back to Old English botm, *boðm, going back to Germanic *butma- (whence, with varying dental consonants, Old Saxon bođom "ground, bottom," Old High German bodam, Old Norse botn), going back to Indo-European *bhudh-mḗn, *bhudh-mn-ós, whence also Greek pythmḗn "bottom, ground, base," Sanskrit budhná- and (with metathesis of stop and nasal) Latin fundus "bottom, base," Middle Irish bonn "sole of the foot"