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Definition of "basement" []

  • The substructure or foundation of a building. (noun)
  • The lowest habitable story of a building, usually below ground level. (noun)
  • Geology A complex of undifferentiated igneous and metamorphic rocks underlying sedimentary strata. (noun)
  • Slang The last place or lowest level, as in competitive standings. (noun)
  • Chiefly New England A public toilet, especially one in a school. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "basement" in a sentence
  • "Slamming my head repeatedly against the steel support post in the basement is the only certain solution, but I might wake up a Republican congressman. hc carey says:"
  • "The flood in the basement is a less uplifting indicator that a major thaw is underway."
  • "It was amongst the jars my mother-in-love gave me many years ago from her fruit room that's what she called her basement canning storage room."