usage: the most important or necessary part of something; "the basis of this drink is orange juice"
13. base, radix, number
usage: (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place; "10 is the radix of the decimal system"
14. base, home, location
usage: the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end
15. al-Qaeda, Qaeda, al-Qa'ida, al-Qaida, Base
usage: a terrorist network intensely opposed to the United States that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist groups; has cells in more than 50 countries
16. root, root word, base, stem, theme, radical, form, word form, signifier, descriptor
usage: (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem"
17. infrastructure, base, store, stock, fund
usage: the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area; "the industrial base of Japan"
18. base, ingredient
usage: the principal ingredient of a mixture; "glycerinated gelatin is used as a base for many ointments"; "he told the painter that he wanted a yellow base with just a hint of green"; "everything she cooked seemed to have rice as the base"
19. base, bottom, underside, undersurface
usage: a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit; "a tub should sit on its own base"
20. base, electrode
usage: (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector
1. establish, base, ground, found
usage: use as a basis for; found on; "base a claim on some observation"
2. base, situate, locate
usage: situate as a center of operations; "we will base this project in the new lab"
3. free-base, base, drug, do drugs
usage: use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
1. basal, base, basic (vs. incidental)
usage: serving as or forming a base; "the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats"
usage: of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense); "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly) birth"
3. base, inferior (vs. superior)
usage: (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal; "base coins of aluminum"; "a base metal"
4. base, immoral, wrong (vs. right)
usage: not adhering to ethical or moral principles; "base and unpatriotic motives"; "a base, degrading way of life"; "cheating is dishonorable"; "they considered colonialism immoral"; "unethical practices in handling public funds"
5. base, mean, meanspirited, ignoble (vs. noble)
usage: having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; "that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage"; "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics"
6. base, baseborn, illegitimate (vs. legitimate)
7. base, counterfeit (vs. genuine), imitative
usage: debased; not genuine; "an attempt to eliminate the base coinage"