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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv basely in a despicable, ignoble manner "this new leader meanly threatens the deepest values of our society"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Base port stevedores Base port stevedores
Showing mouldings on capitals and bases Showing mouldings on capitals and bases
A square tower with a door at the base A square tower with a door at the base
An early 17th-century andiron in the Jamestown collection. Note the cherub’s head near the base An early 17th-century andiron in the Jamestown collection. Note the cherub’s head near the base
Time-worn palaces, and the darkly doubtful water at their base Time-worn palaces, and the darkly doubtful water at their base
The arch at the base of Greendale Oak The arch at the base of Greendale Oak
The Base of the Brain The Base of the Brain

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 66% of home based businesses are owned by women
    • Basely Illegitimately; in bastardy.
    • Basely In a base manner; with despicable meanness; dishonorably; shamefully.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The cartoon character Popeye was actually based on a real person named Frank "Rocky" Fiegel who was a tough guy who was quite similar to Popeye physically
    • basely In a base manner; meanly; dishonorably.
    • basely In a base or mean condition; illegitimately; in bastardy.
    • basely At a low rate; cheaply.
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  • Iris Murdoch
    “No love is entirely without worth, even when the frivolous calls to the frivolous and the base to the base.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “In the ocean of baseness, the deeper we get, the easier the sinking.”
  • Socrates
    “A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.”
  • Simone Weil
    “There can be a true grandeur in any degree of submissiveness, because it springs from loyalty to the laws and to an oath, and not from baseness of soul.”
  • Albert Camus
    “The society based on production is only productive, not creative.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.”


Can't get to 1st base - If you can't get to first base, you're having difficulties starting something.
Cover all the bases - If you cover all the bases, you deal with all aspects of a situation or issue, or anticipate all possibilities. ('Cover all bases' is also used.)
Touch base - If you touch base with someone, you contact them.


In literature:

It is an unsatisfactory base when used alone.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Rare migrant; eastern form, scarcely reaching the base of the Rockies.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
In strategy, the line joining the various points of a base of operations.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Another lesson on seeds that fly can be based on the study of tree seeds, using those of the maple, elm, basswood, pine, and spruce.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
The plants are scattered or clustered, several often joined at the base of the stem.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
As an example I take the base ata, tata.
"The Dakotan Languages, and Their Relations to Other Languages" by Andrew Woods Williamson
Copper ores generally show violent enrichment at the base of the oxidized, and at the top of the sulphide zone.
"Principles of Mining" by Herbert C. Hoover
So far as I know there exists not one fact upon which definite predictions such as these may be based.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Meet the Base Mojave Syk Cooerdinator.
"A Fine Fix" by R. C. Noll
The geologist usually prefers a classification based on origin or genesis.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
As their religion is based on philosophy, this study takes precedence over all others.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
The chronicles on which Berosus based his work began with a divine dynasty, which was succeeded by a human dynasty of fabulous duration.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
The interior transition from the square to the round base, twenty-eight feet in diameter, is rather clumsily managed.
"Cathedrals of Spain" by John A. (John Allyne) Gade
I want the Moon Base.
"Second Variety" by Philip Kindred Dick
McCarthy stood still, a few feet off first base, and, as Randall wound up to pitch, he started at top speed for second base.
"Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant" by Hugh S. Fullerton
The musical intervals are likewise based upon numerical proportions.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
Patten's the only fellow I know of who's after first base.
"The Crimson Sweater" by Ralph Henry Barbour
There was a large accumulation of debris at its base: every part of the hill was destitute of vegetation.
"Narrative of a Second Expedition to the Shores of the Polar Sea" by John Franklin
Moon Base did not agree with the observations from Earth.
"The Secret of the Ninth Planet" by Donald Allen Wollheim
Germination of Silver Maple, natural size; merely the base of the fruit, containing the seed, is shown.
"The Elements of Botany" by Asa Gray

In poetry:

Thou with that hatred ever new
Of the world's base control,
That vision of the large and true,
That quickness of the soul;
"To The Prophetic Soul" by Archibald Lampman
"Despise the love of shepherd boys;
Shalt thou be basely woo'd
That worthy art of highest joys,
And youths of noble blood?
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre
My soul forsakes her vain delight,
And bids the world farewell,
Base as the dirt beneath my feet,
And mischievous as hell.
"Hymn 10" by Isaac Watts
"Now brave; a coward he might turn
Beneath thy base controul;
But from his mother he shall learn,
The empire of the soul."
"The Serpents" by William Hayley
"The gudewife, my foster mother,
Unto whom I made me known
When I reached the Orchy, told me
How the rumour base had grown:
"Colhorn" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
And at its base a cavern yawn'd,
No eye its depth might view,
For in the moon-beam shining round
That darkness darker grew.
"Rudiger - A Ballad" by Robert Southey

In news:

The kit is based on Revell-Monogram's Owens Corning racer, which in turn was based on Revell's '68 Vette roadster.
The deal includes a $1.2 million base salary in 2011, and a $1.7 million base salary in 2012.
Groton — The five submarines moored here at the Naval Submarine Base will stay put during the upcoming storm, the base's executive officer announced.
A new commissary at the Submarine Base is a project at the base to "enhance the quality of life for the men and women stationed there," says US Representative Joe Courtney.
New ASTM standard proposed for RAP highways base, sub-base .
A new ASTM standard is being proposed for recycled asphalt pavement materials for base and sub-base for highways and airports.
Raleigh, N.C.-based Martin Marietta Materials has approached Birmingham, Ala.-based Vulcan Materials Co.
Brazilian-based household cleaning products company Ecover announces that all of its bottles will use a minimum of 30% sugarcane -based HDPE by January 2011.
Sun King Brewing Co.'s Isis is a double IPA based on their Osiris pale ale with a "spicy malt base" as they say.
Petards is a Baltimore-based subsidiary of Petards Group, a British-based developer of surveillance system s and installations.
Indianapolis-based Synovia LLC and Acton, Mass.-based Everyday Solutions Inc on Monday announced that the two companies are combining operations to form Synovia Solutions.
Van Nuys, CA-based Moody Ravitz Hollingsworth Lighting Design, Inc, and Valencia, CA -based Passamonte Lighting Design, Inc, have merged their business operations.
ACS worked closely with JGA, a retail design group based out of Southfield, Michigan, to manufacture the fixtures based off their contemporary designs.
The Marine Corps Logistics Base will not be affected this year by a BRAC-or Base Realignment and Closure.
Authorities arrested an Air Force lieutenant colonel based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and charged him Sunday in Niceville, Fla. With several counts of child abuse.

In science:

Almost 6 million events were simulated with the CMS GEANT3-based detector simulation program CMSIM and then digitised and reconstructed under a variety of conditions with the CMS Ob ject Oriented reconstruction and analysis program ORCA based on the COBRA framework.
CMS Data Analysis: Current Status and Future Strategy
Based on the sizes, optical magnitudes and colors, 20 new globular cluster counterparts of X-ray sources are identified, plus 3 identified based on their sizes.
Optical Counterparts of X-Ray Point Sources Observed by CHANDRA in NGC5128: 20 New Globular Cluster X-Ray Sources
We shall bound S in three stages: (1) first, we group the terms of S into “cohorts” based on the size of khk∞, (2) we note that the points 2Ah are bounded away from each other in Td and therefore can bound the terms within each cohort based on the size of {2Ah}∞, and (3) estimating the resulting expression.
Random walks on the torus with several generators
It has been shown in that reductions based on the proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) is essentially equivalent to model reducing based on controllability.
Coarse graining and control theory model reduction
Here we explore the nature of these various components by bringing together HST and ground-based imaging, ground-based spectroscopy, and radio mapping.
The Aligned z ~ 1 Radio Galaxy 3C 280
In the subsequent section, we use this degeneration to prove that, a homogeneous linear system of curves in |dH | with n general base points of multiplicity m is non-special if all linear systems of curves in |dH | with one multiple base point are non-special.
Degeneration of linear systems through fat points on K3 surfaces
Some executable languages are based on more than one logic; for example Concurrent METATEM is based on modal and temporal logic, and AGENT-0 is based on modal and deontic logic.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
The main difference between ALIAS and the six languages discussed in our paper lies in the background logic upon which the languages are based: ALIAS is based on first-order logic while all the six languages discussed in this paper encapsulate features of linear, modal or temporal extensions of first-order logic.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
With the merging of Grid technologies and Web service-based technologies in OGSA, languages based on XML, such as XACML and XrML, are being scrutinized by the Grid security community in general and are viable candidates.
Fine-Grained Authorization for Job Execution in the Grid: Design and Implementation
So if D is the matrix for ∂r+1 with respect to the bases Br and Br+1, then Dt is the matrix for δr with respect to the same bases.
A Hodge decomposition for the complex of injective words
The set (2) is made out of one central simplex, centered at ρo and n2 smaller simplices, each having an (n2 − 1) order face of the central simplex as a base and the baricenter of the n2 − 1 base as a vertex.
A Simple Set of Separable States in a Commutative Simplex
The base locus of L, which we denote by Bs(L), is defined as the schemetheoretical union of all base points.
Base locus of linear systems on the blowing-up of P^3 along at most 8 general points
This means that we can apply [Har85, Theorem 3.1 and Corollary 3.4] to conclude that L|Qr is base point free or thus that L has no base points on Qr .
Base locus of linear systems on the blowing-up of P^3 along at most 8 general points
Continuing in this way, you can reduce proving the base point freeness of L to proving the base point freeness of S .
Base locus of linear systems on the blowing-up of P^3 along at most 8 general points
This means that we can apply [Har85, Theorem 3.1 and Corollary 3.4] to conclude that L|Qr is base point free or thus that L has no base points on Qr .
Base locus of linear systems on the blowing-up of P^3 along at most 8 general points