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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
bot•tom /ˈbɑtəm/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
usually: the + ~]
- the lowest or deepest part of anything:the bottom of a page.
- the under or lower side; underside: the bottom of a keyboard.
- the ground under a body of water[singular;
the + ~]found the gangster's body at the bottom of the river.
- the end farthest from an entrance;
the far end:the house at the bottom of the road.
- Furniturethe seat of a chair:a piece of gum on the bottom of the chair.
- Informal TermsInformal. the buttocks; rump.
- Clothing bottoms, [plural;
used with a plural verb] the trousers or pants of a pair of pajamas:The pajama bottoms have a drawstring around the waist.
- Sportthe second half of an inning in baseball:the bottom of the sixth.
- the lowest level of dignity or status:The workers at the bottom do all the work.
adj. [before a noun]
- bottom out, [no object] to reach the lowest state or level:The sagging economy has finally bottomed out.
- of or relating to the bottom; on or at the bottom: the bottom floor.
- lowest:the bottom button on a shirt.
- Idiomsat bottom, in reality;
basically:a nice guy at bottom.
- Idiomsat the bottom of, really causing; responsible for:Who is at the bottom of all these leaks to the media?
bet one's bottom dollar:
- to bet the last of one's money or resources.
Idiomsbottoms up. This expression is used before swallowing a drink:"Bottoms up,'' he said and downed his drink.
from the bottom of one's heart, very sincerely:I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
get to the bottom of, [~ + object] to determine the cause of:wanted to get to the bottom of this mystery.
- to be positive or assured:You can bet your bottom dollar I'll be on time to receive the money!
- the lowest or deepest part of anything, as distinguished from the top:the bottom of a hill; the bottom of a page.
- the under or lower side;
underside:the bottom of a typewriter.
- the ground under any body of water:the bottom of the sea.
- Usually,bottoms. Also called bottom land. [Phys. Geog.]low alluvial land next to a river.
- the part of a hull between the bilges, including the keel.
- the part of a hull that is immersed at all times.
- the cargo space in a vessel.
the seat of a chair.
[Informal.]the buttocks; rump.
the fundamental part;
bottoms, (used with a pl. v.) the trousers of a pair of pajamas.
the working part of a plow, comprising the plowshare, landside, and moldboard.
basis:Try getting to the bottom of the problem.
- the second half of an inning.
lowest limit, esp. of dignity, status, or rank:When people sink that low, they're bound to reach the bottom soon.
ChemistryUsually,bottoms. [Chem.]the heaviest, least volatile fraction of petroleum, left behind in distillation after more volatile fractions are driven off.
at bottom, in reality; fundamentally:They knew at bottom that they were only deceiving themselves.Also,at the bottom.
bottoms up, (used interjectionally to urge the downing of one's drink).
- the last three players in the batting order.
- to furnish with a bottom.
- to base or found (usually fol. by on or upon).
- to discover the full meaning of (something);
- to bring (a submarine) to rest on the ocean floor:They had to bottom the sub until the enemy cruisers had passed by.
- to be based; rest.
- to strike against the bottom or end;
reach the bottom.
- Automotive(of an automotive vehicle) to sink vertically, as when bouncing after passing over a bump, so that the suspension reaches the lower limit of its motion:The car bottomed too easily on the bumpy road.
- bottom out, to reach the lowest state or level:The declining securities market finally bottomed out and began to rise.
bet one's bottom dollar:
- of or pertaining to the bottom or a bottom.
- located on or at the bottom:I want the bottom book in the stack.
- lowest:bottom prices.
- Hunting and Fishingliving near or on the bottom:A flounder is a bottom fish.
- fundamental:the bottom cause.
- to wager the last of one's money or resources.
- to be positive or assured:You can bet your bottom dollar that something will prevent us from leaving on time.
1 . base, foot. 8, 11 . foundation, groundwork.
Middle English botme, Old English botm;
akin to Old Norse botn, Dutch bodem, German Boden, Latin fundus, Greek pythmé̄n, Sanskrit budhná
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bottom /ˈbɒtəm/ n
- the lowest, deepest, or farthest removed part of a thing: the bottom of a hill
- the least important or successful position: the bottom of a class
- the ground underneath a sea, lake, or river
- the inner depths of a person's true feelings (esp in the phrase from the bottom of one's heart)
- the underneath part of a thing
- the parts of a vessel's hull that are under water
- (in literary or commercial contexts) a boat or ship
- (often plural) US Canadian the low land bordering a river
- (esp of horses) staying power; stamina
- importance, seriousness, or influence: his views all have weight and bottom
- informal the buttocks
- at bottom ⇒ in reality; basically or despite appearances to the contrary
- be at the bottom of ⇒ to be the ultimate cause of
- get to the bottom of ⇒ to discover the real truth about
- lowest or last
- bet one's bottom dollar on, put one's bottom dollar on ⇒ to be absolutely sure of (one's opinion, a person, project, etc)
- of, relating to, or situated at the bottom or a bottom: the bottom shelf
- fundamental; basic
Etymology: Old English botm; related to Old Norse botn, Old High German bodam, Latin fundus, Greek puthmēn
- (transitive) to provide (a chair, etc) with a bottom or seat
- (transitive) to discover the full facts or truth of; fathom
- usually followed by on or upon: to base or be founded (on an idea, etc)
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