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base1 that on which something stands or rests; foundation. [7 definitions]
base2 of little value when compared to something else. [2 definitions]
baseball a game played with a bat and ball by two teams of nine players each, the object being to score runs by advancing runners around four bases. [2 definitions]
basement the space in a building that is underground or partly underground.
bashful shy with people; timid.
BASIC a beginning computer language. BASIC stands for "beginner's all-purpose symbolic instruction code."
basic of, forming, or at the basis; main. [3 definitions]
basin an open, shallow bowl used to hold water for washing. [2 definitions]
basis something that supports and is needed by all the other parts; starting point or foundation.
bask to lie in a warm, calm place.
basket a container made of materials such as wood strips, grass, or straw that are woven or laced together. [3 definitions]
basketball a game played on a court by two teams of five players each. Points are scored by shooting the ball through a high metal hoop and net at the opponent's end of the court. [2 definitions]
bass1 the part of music that requires the lowest range of pitch, or sounds made in the low range. [3 definitions]
bass2 any of several freshwater or saltwater food fishes with spiny fins.
bass drum a large drum that makes a low, booming sound.
bassoon a large woodwind instrument. The bassoon has a long wooden body attached to a curved, metal tube with a mouthpiece at its end.
bass viol see "double bass."
baste1 to sew with long, loose stitches. Basting lets one put together the pieces of a garment to see how it fits before the final sewing.
baste2 to keep moist with a liquid during cooking.
bat1 a club of wood or metal used to hit the ball in baseball, softball, or cricket. [3 definitions]
bat2 a small mammal that flies. Bats have small bodies and large wings covered with skin. Most bats eat at night, when they use sound to find and catch flying insects. Bats are found in most parts of the world. There are around one thousand kinds of bats. Their wingspans range from less than two inches to more than five feet. Some kinds of bats live in large colonies that roost in caves or in a section of forest.