bas-, baso-, basi-, ba-, bat-
(Greek > Latin: stepping, to step, to go, to walk; a place where someone steps; a pedestal; a foot for stepping; foundation, ground, base)
2. A skilled performer of gymnastic feats: An acrobat can walk on a tightrope or can swing on a trapeze, for example.
3. Etymology: from French acrobate, from Greek akrobates, "rope dancer, gymnastic performer"; related to akrobatos, "going on tip-toe, climbing up high"; from akros "topmost, at the end point" + bainein, "to walk, to go".
"The tall building utilizes several kinds of bases or foundations to hold it solidly in place."2. Foundation, essence, principle, root, core, heart, key, rudiment, ground, source: "The base of his argument is that our price is too high."
3. Essential ingredient, principal constituent: "The soup has a tomato base."
4. Camp, station, post, billet, installation, garrison: "The weary troops marched back to their base."
"U.S. military units still have several bases in Europe."5. To derive from, to model on, to found on: "This song is based on an old folk tune."
6. Station, garrison, locate, situate, install, ground, establish, place: "The company’s headquarters is based in Berlin. The army’s 3rd Armored Division was based at Fort Knox."
7. Inferior, poor quality; alloyed, debased, adulterated, impure, spurious: "Zinc and brass are base metals."
8. Mean, vile, low, contemptible, despicable, ignoble, shameful, immoral, sneaky, petty: "Cheating at cards is a base practice."
2. Foundation, essence, core, source: The base of Vern's argument is that the price is too high.
3. Camp, station, post, billet, installation: The weary troops marched back to their base.
2. Lacking proper social values or moral principles; not honest or good: Tom's base motives were soon obvious when he walked off with all of the money people had entrusted to him for their investments.
2. A low, deep sound or tone, as of a voice or a musical instrument: Lorie's father had a bass voice that stood out from any other man that Rhoda had ever heard.
The bass swam around the bass drum in the river where another bass was painted on the base of that bass drum.
Rocco, the villainous singer sang his song in his base bass voice.
2. To moisten periodically with the juice or fat from the meat being cooked: The cook would baste the roast from time to time to be sure it was juicy and delicious.
Nola's new cookbook was based on the principles of healthy fat-free menus; however, once in a while, she likes to have a roast which she can baste.
2. Camps, stations, posts, billets, installations, garrisons: U.S. military units still have several bases in Europe.
The basis of baseball is that there are three bases, plus the home base, around which the players must run in order to score.
The gel is used as an antacid and in a low phosphate diet to prevent the formation of phosphate urinary stones.
Mushrooms, puffballs, rusts, bracket fungi, and smuts are basidiomycotes.
2. An emotional incapability to stand or to walk even when there is no diagnosis of a muscle disease: Even though the doctors said many times over that his legs were completely healed and well again, Jack suffered from basiphobia and was terrified of getting up out of his wheelchair!