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January 8, 2013 - Word of the Day

base

 

The word "base" has a few different meanings, but basically it refers to a foundation of some sort upon which things are made:

  • On what do you base your opinions?
  • He bases his opinion on something that he read in the newspaper.
  • My methods for teaching English are based on twenty-five years of experience in the classroom.
  • Stock made from chicken and vegetables is a good base for chicken soup.
  • A pyramid is a good design for a structure because it has a solid base.

The word "base" can also be a location or a headquarters:

  • Where is their company based? (Where are they located?)
  • There are many U.S. military bases around the world.
  • The capital of the United States is based in Washington, D.C.

A base is also an important part of the field when playing baseball. It's something that players touch with their feet. Here's a baseball field:

baseball field

From home plate a batter hits the ball and then tries to touch all four bases: first base, second base, third base, and home plate.

If you want to learn more about the game of baseball, click here.

 

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