base|ment «BAYS muhnt», noun.
1. the lowest story of a building, partly or wholly below ground: »

Many basements flooded when the river overflowed.

SYNONYM(S): cellar.
2. the lowest division of the wall of a building or the lowest part above ground of a building as a whole.
3. = basement complex. (Cf.basement complex)

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  • de|base|ment — «dih BAYS muhnt», noun. 1. a debasing or a being debased: »the debasement of silver money by increasing the amount of alloy in it. 2. anything that debases or is debased. 3. Obsolete. abasement …   Useful english dictionary

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  • sub|base|ment — «SUHB BAYS muhnt», noun. any basement below the first or main basement of a building: »Figurative. Beneath the level of obvious fraud…was a subbasement of chicanery where we were all fooling one another (Harper s) …   Useful english dictionary

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