• The children at the bottom of the basement steps
    The children at the bottom of the basement steps
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n basement the lowermost portion of a structure partly or wholly below ground level; often used for storage
    • n basement the ground floor facade or interior in Renaissance architecture
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is illegal in Reno, Nevada to conceal a spray-painted shopping cart in your basement.
    • n Basement (Arch) The outer wall of the ground story of a building, or of a part of that story, when treated as a distinct substructure. (See Base n., 3 .) Hence: The rooms of a ground floor, collectively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Source: In an old dictionary (70 years old) in my basement
    • n basement The lower or fundamental portion; a base.
    • n basement In architecture: The portion of the elevation of a structure which performs the function in the design of constituting a support to those portions which come above it; especially, the substructure of a columnar or arched construction, but also the lowest member in the design of a wall, etc. Compare base, 3.
    • n basement A floor or story which is wholly or in part beneath the surface of the ground, but is usually, as distinguished from a cellar, well lighted, and fitted up and used for household or other usual purposes.
    • n basement The act of basing, or the state of being based.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only presidents buried together: John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams are in a basement crypt in Quincy, Mass.
    • Basement the base or lowest story of a building
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  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “There is no victory at bargain basement prices.”
  • Francoise Giroud
    Francoise Giroud
    “Off the rack solutions, like bargain basement dresses, never fit anyone.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. soubassement,. Of uncertain origin. Cf. Base (a.) Bastion
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L.—Gr. basisba-, in bainein, to go.


In literature:

In the centre of the basement sits the colossal bronze-gilt figure of Prince Albert.
"Shepp's Photographs of the World" by James W. Shepp
In the basement a large furnace and abundant accommodation for coal.
"Woodward's Country Homes" by George E. Woodward
The house before which the taxicab had stopped showed no light in front, however, except at the door and in one or two of the basement windows.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
It wasn't two weeks before he takes me down to the basement one night when he comes home, an' he owns up.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
She went into the basement, and looked at the house which Leo had just finished.
"Make or Break" by Oliver Optic
The supplies which the steward keeps on hand, are in the basement, which was flooded last night.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
So I came to live in the basement storey.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
You know that contraption he had in the basement, don't you?
"My Shipmate--Columbus" by Stephen Wilder
The parlor floor and the basement were made to accommodate the mother and her two daughters with their single servant.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
A cast is preserved in the sepulchral basement at the British Museum.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various

In poetry:

Here is one of them. She looks so weary
As she steps across the threshold, and
Rising from the basement, drab and dreary,
Walks across the courtyard on a slant.
"Confession" by Boris Pasternak
Owls roost in room and basement;
Bats haunt its hearth and porch,
And through some paneless casement
Flit, in the moon's enlacement,
Or firefly's twinkling torch.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part III" by Madison Julius Cawein
In uniform behold me stand,
The lovely lift at my command.
I press the button: Pop,
And down I go below the town;
The walls rise up as I go down
And in the basement stop.
"The Lift Man" by Sir John Betjeman
We build our houses on the sand
Comely withoutside and within; But when the winds and rains begin
To beat on them, they cannot stand;
They perish, quickly overthrown,
Loose from the very basement stone.
"A Testimony" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
"Now break your shield asunder, and shatter sign and boss,
Unmeet for peasant-wedded arms, your knightly knee across.
And pull me down your castle from top to basement wall,
And let your plough trace furrows in the ruins of your hall!"
"King Volmer and Elsie" by John Greenleaf Whittier
'Twas hung high up, and swung in the air
With a swaggering, bold-faced, "devil-may-care-
It-is-none-of-your-business" sort of way;
Or, as if dreading the light o' the day,
It hung low, over a basement-stair,
And seemed ashamed when you saw it there.
""PH. Best & Co.'s Lager-Beer"" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

On a shelf in his aunt's basement, next to the photo albums documenting his youth and games his family played for hours on end when he was growing up, is a box filled with the sum and substance of what makes Augustine Concepcion tick.
Started in a downtown basement nook in Topeka, Paisano 's expanded to Lawrence in 1995 with a strip mall location on the Southside.
Blogger Rocco Palmo uncovers Vatican secrets — all from his basement in Philly.
The Mid-Ohio Valley Model Railroad Club will have an open house Saturday and Sunday as part of the Reflections Of The Past event in the rear basement of NOE Office Equipment, 610 Green St, Parkersburg .
On a cold December night, about 50 concerned parishioners and parents file into the basement of St Pius V school at South Grand Boulevard and Utah Street.
New Brunswick, NJ, basement punk band Screaming Females announced the release of its fifth LP, Ugly, which will be ravishing your ears as early as April 3.
Marie Malchodi was working in the basement of a library at Brown University recently when she came across a print tucked into an old medical text.
AT 16, Barry Minkow started a carpet cleaning company, ZZZZ Best, in his parents' basement in Reseda, Calif, a suburb of Los Angeles.
He called his basement the war room and filled it with an array of military uniforms from around the world.
SECURITY CAMERAS – Johnny R Pippin Jr, 26, walks through the courthouse basement Sept 4, which is the same day a county employee found a handwritten death threat against County Attorney James Stainton scrawled on a bathroom wall.
Clearfield plat amendment will allow basements.
A family home at 415 E Fifth St in Maryville sustained moderate smoke damage Monday morning during a fire that Maryville Public Safety officials said started in the basement.
One of the things that charmed me about my house when I first toured it during an open house, was the summer kitchen in the basement.
"It's downstairs, in the basement," said Bobby Goldwater, who oversees the ballpark as president of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission.
I would take her down to the ladies room in the basement of the church and help her get through the very heavy door.

In science:

The speed V is such that when observer O releases the photon from point A, this photon will reach the basement of observer O′ ’s moving cabin at point A′ .
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
Conclusion: Quality is an uncompromised factor in software development process. Software deliverables are checked for quality at every phase of development process to ensure the quality of end product. Quality process is organization-specific providing a basement for quality product.
Significance of Quality Metrics in Software Development Process
Indeed, imagine that Alice is located in a safe, e.g. in the basement of the Swiss national bank.
Quantum correlations in Newtonian space and time: arbitrarily fast communication or nonlocality
To avoid this, even before our calculations were finished, a massive concrete basement was built under the debris in order to keep the fuel rods from going under the ground.
Thermo- and gas-dynamical processes in NPPs after accidents
This was confirmed in practice, none of the fuel rods came to the concrete basement.
Thermo- and gas-dynamical processes in NPPs after accidents