basement definition

  • noun:
    • The substructure or foundation of a building.
    • the best habitable story of a building, usually below ground level.
    • Geology A complex of undifferentiated igneous and metamorphic stones fundamental sedimentary strata.
    • Slang the very last destination or most affordable degree, as in competitive standings.
    • Chiefly brand new England A public toilet, especially one in a school.
    • A floor of a building below ground level.
    • final place in a sports summit standings.
    • The outer wall surface of surface story of a building, or of an integral part of that tale, whenever treated as a distinct substructure. (See base, n., 3 (a).) Therefore: The spaces of a ground floor, collectively.
    • the low or fundamental portion; a base.
    • In structure: The percentage of the level of a structure which executes the big event when you look at the design of constituting a support to those portions that can come above it; specially, the substructure of a columnar or curved construction, additionally the cheapest user in the design of a wall, etc. Compare base, 3.
    • 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.
    • The work of basing, or perhaps the condition of being based.
    • the lowermost part of a structure partially or wholly below ground level; usually useful for storage space
    • the ground flooring facade or interior in Renaissance architecture

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