subbase

noun
sub·​base | \ ˈsəb-ˌbās How to pronounce subbase (audio) \

Definition of subbase

: underlying support placed below what is normally construed as a base: such as
a : the lowest member horizontally of an architectural base or of a baseboard or pedestal
b : pervious fill (such as crushed stone) placed under a roadbed

Examples of subbase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the audit, streets are constructed in four levels — surface, base, subbase and subgrade — so a resurfaced road would not necessarily cure a flawed subgrade. Jeff Mcdonald, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego roads need more attention and oversight, audit finds," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of subbase

1667, in the meaning defined above

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“Subbase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subbase. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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